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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 11:28 am 
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I have about 100 hens & they are all coming down with leg mite. I will clean the shed tomorrow out but I need to get rid of the mites on the birds. We are working towards a certified organic flock & it really is impractical to handle each hen too often so I am thinking about having a foot bath that the chooks will have to go through every day to leave the shed. Has anyone tried something like this? I was thinking of a tunnel design so they can't just fly out past the bath. I am considering putting eucalyptus or other essential oils in the water with a thick layer of a vegetable oil on top. Has anyone used the eucalyptus pressurised spray can you can get from the supermarket to treat leg mite?

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 Post subject: Re: Chook foot bath
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Sounds like a good plan. A couple of things to consider though.
Eucalyptus oil is toxic to birds, there have been cases on here where people have painted their birds legs with 100% eucalyptus oil and the birds have died. There might be a dilution rate where it is safe, but no one knows what it is. Do a search for eucalyptus oil in the Good Samaritan Centre and a few threads will come up.
The other thing is that scaley leg mites live on other parts of the birds body, so quite often treating only the legs doesn't get rid of the mite, that's why the mectins or dectins, spot on or oral are the preferred treatment.

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 Post subject: Re: Chook foot bath
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I suggest no more than 1%

The compounds in the Euc. Oil will be similar to Tea Tree Oil and there is a thread in the A-Z on Tea Tree with info I compiled

Using 100% of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree oils would be a misuse of product. It's not that the oils are more toxic than anything else, you would have exactly the same issue if you used straight moxidectin.

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The old time method of leg treatment was oil impregnated sand which the chooks would have to walk thru (the oil used was probably used sump oil :ncmnt).
Scaley leg will be very hard to eradicate on a large scale without resorting to the 'hard stuff'. As Squeaker said, it can also affect other parts of the body.
The eucylyptus aerosols may contain hydrocarbons. You might be better (and more economical) to use a permethrin liquid and a pressure washer for the pen.
I avoid chemicals in the pens as I have a huge spider population. They (and the cobwebs) seem to keep some things under control so long as the balance stays right.
Organic Certification does allow the use of some mainstream products as there is also an implicit animal welfare responsibility.


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Thanks for all the great advice.

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Any advice on the use of neem oil for the treatment of SLM?

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I would be cautious of any of the 'oils' in a regular walk thru as the feathers will also uptake the solution and the chooks will ingest it when they preen.


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