How to treat scaly leg mites in chickens

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How to treat scaly leg in chickens

Scaly legs in chickens are caused by a small, burrowing mite (Knemidokoptes mutans)

These mites burrow into the skin under the leg scales where they live and breed. The males are only 0.25mm long and the females 0.5mm so it is unlikely you'll see them, only the results of their presence.

The signs of an infestation are raised leg scales cause by the detritus produced by these mites. This can cause irritation, skin rashes and swellings which can have a severe effect on your chickens if not treated.

Mild cases of scaly leg in chickens can often be treated by washing or dipping the legs in paraffin or cooking oil but both of these may cause extra irritation so we recommend a proprietary treatment such as one of our sprays. Petroleum jelly can also be used to smother the mites but this needs good contact so repeated use will eventually soften the encrustations and then allow contact with the mites.

Our most popular treatment is Nettex Just for Scaly Leg treatment for chickens

Apply this every 5-6 days starting as soon as you see any sign of an infestation. Just For Scaly Legs works by Suffocates the Scaly Leg Parasites which rapidly results in their death. It also treats any itching and irritation cause by the scaly leg mites. The natural oils stay under the scales helping to reduce further infestations.
If you prefer a more natural treatment we have the Barrier Scaly Leg Spray which is formulated from natural products meaning it's suitable for use in organic farming. It's best used as a deterrent to prevent infestations beginning – spray the legs every 1-2 weeks leaves them with a deterrent coating. If you are treating an existing infestation spray the legs every 5 days to break the egg cycle. Barrier scaly leg spray also contains anti irritation properties to sooth the legs.

You can also use Harkamectin ( ivermectin ) drops applied direct to the bird. This isn't a licened poultry product but often used on other farm animals and humans so can be used according to advice from a vet. It can be applied directly to the birds skin and will kill anything that lives on or in the bird including most types of worms.!!<</span></div>>!1

By Simon Wells