scaly leg mites


11 Years
Jun 21, 2008
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?
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.

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom