Scaly Leg mites are brought to your flock from wild birds, and rodents, then onto your chickens scales on their feet. Here, the mites feed and also leave droppings.
These are generally too small to be seen with the naked eye, but will make your chickens legs appear scabby and crusty. If this is left untreated, it will spread to the rest of the flock and cause them great discomfort.
Healthy chickens have scales that are smooth and flat. Chickens with scaly leg mites will have crusty, uneven and raised scales. The skin will be thickened.
Give your chickens a nice soak in a tub of lukewarm water, and gently clean them. After they’ve dried off, dust their entire body with some Pestene powder or diatomaceous earth.
If you have a particularly bad infes
tation, I like to use this Aristopet Scaly Leg Treatment and Avitrol Mite & Lice Spray and then smother the legs in a kitchen oil. You essentially need to smother and suffocate the live mites, and use a medicated treatment to kill the eggs underneath.
As a preventative I am also known to spray each chooks legs and feet – particularly new chooks – with a canola spray oil from the kitchen! Diatomaeous Earth, Nest Blend or Pestene Powder through the nest boxes also works wonders.
Coop care is essential. If left untreated, mites can cause death, so please don’t ignore them!