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 Post subject: Scaly mite
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:16 am 
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Dapper Duck
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Hi can anyone recommend something to rid chickens of scaly leg. I used Ivermectin last year and thought I had eradicated it from the flock only to find it has come back again on a few of my hens. I scrubbed the perches vigorously last year and cleaned out the coops. Thank you


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 Post subject: Re: Scaly mite
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:18 am 
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How many chooks Andrea1770? If it's feasible treat them all individually, dip legs into a wide-top jar or ice-cream container of any vegetable oil - canola, sunflower or the like. Does the same good job as Vaseline but costs less. (And not the old school sump oil or WD40 remedies). Oil their legs again in a few days, as preventive as well as treatment - and once or twice again for those obviously affected.

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 Post subject: Re: Scaly mite
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:13 am 
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Hi Andrea,
I use a mix of some sort of fine oil, preferably a mineral oil, and a Malathion based insecticide.
I make it a strong solution even a little stronger than recommended for ticks on the can.
The Malathion can be mixed with oil or water but a fine oil like WD40, Goanna Oil, No1 sewing machine oil I find best.
But if not available a veg oil will do.
The fine mineral oil mixes with the Malathion and penetrates into the spongy mass under the scales killing the mite that's doing the damage.
You can use a pump spray with the fine oil & Malathion mix or dip the legs and feet into the mixture, even paint it on with a paint brush but I would cover the feet and legs up over the hock to ensure complete coverage and kill of the mite.
After a few weeks a check will reveal if the mite is gone or if another application is needed.
The scale and spongy mass will drop off and if not to serious an infection the scales can recover.
A prolonged infestation can result in permanent damage of the the leg scales and I have even seen toes damaged or sections died and removed with severe scaly leg infestations.
The perches can be treated with the same mix and most likely the infestation is passed from an infected hen to any chicks she broods.

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 Post subject: Re: Scaly mite
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:50 am 
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Great advice. Scaley leg can be pesky and just because you clear it doesnt mean it cannot return. Just need to keep an eye on it.


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 Post subject: Re: Scaly mite
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:15 pm 
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Hi I have 15 chickens. Thank you both for your good advice. I have been plagued with one thing or another lately so I'm sure I will get results with this method. Will let you know and thanks again. Andrea


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