Using Gasoline to cure scaly leg mites on silkies???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BeastyBird, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. BeastyBird

    BeastyBird Out Of The Brooder

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    I acquired a trio of silkies Monday and I have them in quarantine from the rest of my large flock. I keep debating if their feet scales just look rough or if they may have a mild case of scaly foot mites. I had a huge problem with the pests 15 years ago (toes were lost) and I do not wish to ever have it in my flock ever again! It was very hard to beat!

    I wish to do a cautionary treatment of their feet and thought to myself "there has to be an easier way that the weeks of vasaline" and I found a 3 day method using gasoline http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html would you recommend this method for birds with feathers on their feet?
     
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  2. DwayneNLiz

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    gasoline burns! have you ever gotten it in a cut on your hand! OUCH!!

    i would go with woodash/DE in their dust bath personally
     
  3. BeastyBird

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    Their feet are not cracked and bloody, the scales just seem rough, so I don't think it would cause much discomfort. Further research online is telling me the feathered feet are not a problem and so I may try this on the hen I am reselling after quarantine and see how it goes.
     
  4. DwayneNLiz

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    I looked more into it also and read kerosene? I didn't see gasoline
     
  5. BeastyBird

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    I have seen that method mentioned as well but I have seen warning against it coming in contact with feathered areas which is what actually prompted this post.
     
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    Good luck with the gasoline
    Don't light any matches lol
    Keep us posted
     
  7. koolfunchicks

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    Please keep us posted. I am battling a minor case with my Brahmas who also have the feathered feet. I haven't had the courage to try the gasoline dip yet.
     
  8. majortaylor

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    I used this method with a NN Turken who I rescued and had a terrible case of leg mites. She is very flighty and nervous so we decided that the least amount of handling was the best. She had a limp due to the mites and after this treatment the scales started to fall off and her limp was gone! She didn't seem like the gasoline was burning but I do know it worked fast and she felt better very quickly.
     
  9. BeastyBird

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    dipped 2 birds and IT DID NOT GO WELL. The gas did not dry from their feathers near as fast as I expected AND WITHIN MINUTES THEY BECAME SUBDUED IN NATURE AND THEN TIPSY AND FAINT. I quickly washed them with Dawn detergent and put them in the sun to dry but then saw they were shivery so I blow dried them most of the way dry and have them back in the sun and I dearly hope they are just shivering and do not have twitchy brain damage from the fumes.

    Bad bad bad.
     
  10. majortaylor

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    Oh dear! I hope they recover! Did you dip the entire bird in gasoline? I just did each leg at a time and then wiped them down and dried any leg feathers that got wet. I put the Vaseline on right after and watched her to make sure she didn't pick at her feathers that came in contact with the gasoline.
     

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