Scaly leg mites...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnimalsComeFirst, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 2 chickens both have scaly leg mites and I have treated them with olive oil and vaseline... and I have treated their coop with the powder stuff.
    But tell me, is the olive oil or the vaseline treatment better? I think I've read that both kill the mites on the leg as long as you coat the entire leg with it.
    Thanks in advance...
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    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    You have to keep the oil on the legs treatment up for a few weeks for it to kill the mites. By using oil on the feet and legs, it smothers the mites under the scales. Make sure to rub the oils against the scales so that you get as much of it as you can under the scales without hurting the bird. Apply it everyday for a week or two. It will take a while for the crusts to heal. The oils will also help loosen the crusts and everyday you should be able rub a bit of them off.

    Get some permethrin spray for the coop and roost bars. You can get that at any bird supply or feed store. Make sure to clean out all the bedding and replace it with new stuff, spray everything down every few days for a few weeks so the hatched eggs also get killed. Good luck!
     
  3. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, I have been treating their legs for 2 days... I got a long way to go!
     
  4. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My personal preference, i dip their feet in baby oil.
    It soothes the irritated area and i started seeing improvement a day later!
    It also had aloe and vitamin E in it.
     
  5. Wayne&Kim1963

    Wayne&Kim1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kerosine is wonderful too. You don't use it if you smoke around your chickens can be fire hazard but when they are as bad as your chickens it really gets rid of them fast. I use triple antibiotic ointment too on their feet and legs when that bad and I put it on everyday for at least 5 to 10 days to clear them up.
     
  6. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to both of you! [​IMG]
     
  7. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WD40 works, too, and is easy to apply. It gets up under the scales. Do it twice at ten day intervals.
     
  8. AnimalsComeFirst

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    Quote:Do they sell that at pet stores?
     
  9. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do they sell that at pet stores?

    Hardware stores and supermarkets.
     
  10. lynnemabry

    lynnemabry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yours looks like it has peeled a lot. keep up both and you should have it licked. also getting the coop cleaned, dried, dusted and fresh bedding. i have 2 with it that i can rarely catch. but when i do i treat. the rest has kept it from any of the others getting mites.
     

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