scaly leg mites

cactus-hen

Songster
11 Years
Jun 21, 2008
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Let me preface this to say that my chickens are not pets. I love them and all fifty have names but I can not hold them or even get close to some of them. We were exposed to scaly leg mite over a year ago. I had never seen them before and didn't recognize them nor realize how horrific they were in a flock. One of my hens went broody and after I put eggs under her I noticed she had a moderate case of leg mites. I decided not to treat her at that time. Now is the fourth day of putting Vasoline on her legs. When I massaged it into her legs this morning several large chunks of dead scale came off. The skin underneath is raw and/or bloody. The other chickens cannot get to her so I'm not worried about them picking at her. Should I put something on the raw areas or just keep them covered with the Vasoline?
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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You can use a medicated ointment like Neosporin if you want, but I'd just keep them slathered in the Vaseline. I like to use Bag Balm on their legs. It serves the same purpose as the Vaseline, but has an antiseptic in it, as well.

Good luck.
 

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