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Scaly leg on a Bantam chicken

 
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gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 18 12:15 pm    Post subject: Scaly leg on a Bantam chicken  Reply with quote    

Any advice?
My neighbour over the road's banty has scaly leg.

Chez



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 18 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Vaseline all over the legs from toe to feathers once a week for three or four weeks.

You can dip the leg in surgical spirit as well, but I think it stings. The vaseline works just as well.

gz



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 18 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

is benzyl benzoate the chemical spray? I've just heard that that is used on humans (crabs) and horses ( sweet/sweat itch ?) too and is in sudocrem

Chez



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 18 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm not sure. The vaseline - or anything like that that you smear on, suffocates the mites. Active ingredients help a bit I think, but I do think, from observation, that they sting the bird, because the mites have burrowed in to the flesh under the scales. Sudocrem would work simply because it's thick, like vaseline; any active ingredient to kill the mites that didn't harm the bird would be a bonus.

Traditionally I think you used creosote or turps, which I suppose kills them.

The scales stay raised until the bird next moults and can look pretty grim - you aren't supposed to pick them off or anything, as it is painful for them.

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 18 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used Vaseline when one of mine got it. Seemed to do the trick

gz



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 18 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

He used to use WD40 on the budgies he breeds

Apparently it worked as they haven't had it for years.

How do birds get scaly leg?

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 18 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don’t know where the mites come from.

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