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mites and scaly leg

hi i wanted to know how you get rid of mites and how you cure scaly leg.thanks

sean gunning
Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Best method is prevention, treat house with poultry mite powder and apply veg oil to perches. But sounds too late for you...
You need to soften the crusts for a weeks or so with vaseline or baby oil, this will soothe the irritation and smother the mites. Then soak in a mild dog or baby shampoo and scrub gently with soft toothbrush to loosen deposits. Then put surgical spirit in jam jar and dunk each leg up to hock for 30 seconds; repeat at 7, 14, and 21 days. The legs may not look improved until the next moult though.
Hope you don't have very many chickens, this sounds very involved... Maybe someone else has another solution. (This is from Haynes Chicken Manual).
Good luck.

Susan Mc
Saturday, September 11th, 2010

speaking from my experience, i painted surgical sprits on every eve when they went to roost for 7 days ,skipped a week an repeat, it takes about a year for scales to look normal again, as for the dreaded red mite (which i presume thats what u mean) get somthing like smite an a pressure spray, take every part of the coop apart that will come apart as soak every nook an cranny because belive me they hide where u wouldent think, repeat after a week an do as often through the year as u can, eggs hatch after a week an they can live without feeding for 36 weeks, a female mite can lay over 2000 eggs at a time. u can get smite or poultry sheild from mceion poultry supplys in kerry.

pearl
Saturday, September 11th, 2010

is there an organic spray available that can be used in the coop?

Penny lane
Monday, September 13th, 2010

Smite is a non-toxic and pesticide-free spray cleaner for the house that eliminates mites etc.
Mitex is a non-chemical powder for louse and mite control in the house.
Barrier comes in powder and spray but is for use on the birds.
Other mite control products are out there I'm sure.

Susan Mc
Monday, September 13th, 2010

Burnt oil, put it on the legs of the chicken for scaley leg

Keith F
Monday, September 13th, 2010

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