This is Scaly Leg Mites, Right?

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  1. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    I just cleaned my coop, too.

    #1: Buff Brahma, 11 mos
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    #2: White Cochin, 11 mos
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    Soak feet, smother in oil, clean out bedding, treat coop/roosts. What else do I need to do?

    TIA!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

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    Sounds like you have a plan!
     
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  3. Aunt Angus

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    So it does look like mites? Boo.
    :hmm
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

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    Well...could be. Feathered footsies the scales seem to be more raised, but if they were mine, yes, I would slather on oil or vaseline.
     
  5. Aunt Angus

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    Thanks for the replies. I soaked them, scrubbed (lightly) with a toothbrush, and absolutely drenched their little feetsies in vaseline. I trimmed the Cochin's feathers, too, because I just couldn't see what was going on.

    On top of all that, the poor Cochin is molting. It is supposed to be 105° tomorrow, so I figured thinning her bouffant couldn't hurt.

    How much can I trim off those feet? There are some thick feathers, perhaps pin feathers, growing from her feet. I cut off where they were already bent/broken. Any advice about that?

    I sat on my chair outside and tried to look at her feet, and I'm thinking, "There has to be a chicken in here somewhere!" She looks as large as my Brahma but weighs much less.
    :lau
     
  6. Henriettamom919

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    I don't have any advice as I don't own any floofy Cluckers but that last line...:lau I also love your signature. It's my life mantra :bow
     
  7. Aunt Angus

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    Goodness! Soaked my girls and slathered their feet/legs again. My poor Cochin! She is filthy from the dirt sticking to the vaseline! She is now mostly dark brown.

    I also noticed her crop wasn't full even though I soaked her in the evening. Could this be due to:
    A) the heat?
    B) her moult (she's in the early stages, I think)?
    C) all this soaking is stressing her out?
    D) all of the above?

    I'm beginning to think she is on the decline. She's the same girl who laid a shelless egg and hasn't been the same since. I notice nothing different about her behavior. She looks like she's eating, and I've def seen her drink.

    Be honest - am I overthinking things again?
    :th
     
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  8. Wyorp Rock

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    You might be overthinking it again. I would check her for a few days to see if she goes to bed with a full crop.
    When mine molt, they don't eat well. Same when it's hot, they eat mainly in the morning, a little throughout the day and then eat before roosting.
    Is she used to being handled? Once she really sets into molting, then it may be painful to be handled. Molting birds are quite sensitive.
     
  9. Aunt Angus

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    Thanks. @Wyorp Rock . I just love her so darn much. I don't want to miss any signs of trouble.
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

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    Oh, I would monitor her for sure.
     
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