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Scaly Leg Mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickychee, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. chickychee

    chickychee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering what the fastest treatment for scaly leg mites is. I just aquired a pair of adult birds that are going to a show with me in about 3 weeks and I need to atleast get the bugs gone. I know it's really short notice but does anyone have any ideas. I know there is WD40( I think thats too harsh though), and linseed oil mixed with kerosene, and theres always just smothering the mites with some kind of oil. Would something work faster?
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    THere's nothing that will repair the damage to the birds legs in 3 weeks. Killing the mites is easy and any of the methods you cited will work fine. Healing the legs takes time. Sorry
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    I was told to put a bunch of vaseline on the legs and this will smother the lice [​IMG]
     
  4. chickychee

    chickychee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well as long as I can get rid of the mites it should be ok, because at the show last year as long as you had treated your birds to get rid of the mites it was fine.
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you treat and eradicate the mites ASAP I think you have a good chance of the legs show improvement in the next 3 weeks before your show. It does take time to heal but 3 weeks is a fair period for healing to begin. Make sure you feed them well and tend to the legs daily. I would wash their legs well and get them clean and dry. Then coat them thoroughly in vaseline making sure to work it into every crack in the leg scales. Then it is a waiting game for the mites to suffocate.
     
  6. chickychee

    chickychee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The legs aren't really that tore up there are just a few that are really poking out so hopefully I can treat it and get the process going:)

    Thanks for the help everyone:D
     

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