Scaly mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mconro, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. mconro

    mconro In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2010
    Help please. We have a 6 week old red cochin bantam. My daughter has noticed grey spots near the feathers on its feet. I am concerned this may be scaly mites. I tried to upload a pic of it but I can't figure out how to attach it to the posting. They do not go outside yet and are kept clean. PLEASE, any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hello-often times, you don't see the actual "mite", you just see the scaley stuff....they get under the scales, and they can create a real mess. If you nip it in the bud, all will be fine. If you make a paste with vasceline and sevin dust, rub that on the legs a few times a day and it will kill them.

    I think you will need to clean out the area, and dust everything with seven dust as well. But first, don't do all that work unless you know for sure it's the scaly leg mites.......

    I don't know how to post pics either....I'm electronically challenged! LOL

    Good luck to you!
  3. mconro

    mconro In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2010
    Thank you so much! The coop is BRAND new. (Only finished about 1 week before we got the chicks.) They all came from Murray McMurray and have had no contact with the outside world.

    Is there some way to make sure that is what she has?

    Thanks again!
  4. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Hi, what chicmom suggested is right on for scaly mites, but let's see if we can help you post a picture of it. I only say this because I was absolutely sure my girl had scaly mites, only to find out that it was my chick's legs changing colors naturally due to hormones. Not that a Vaseline and 7 dust will hurt anything, let's just be sure that's in fact what's going on.

    So click on the "Uploads" tab at the top of the page. On the uploads page, click on "Choose File." Find the photo on your computer you'd like to upload, then click on "Choose" in that window. Once you've chosen the photo to upload, press "Submit". Once the photo has finished uploading you'll copy the link next to the "Image" tag under the uploaded photo and paste it into your post. Whala!

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