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    • CommentAuthorniccig
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2008 9:41pm (Oct 23rd 2008)
    can anyone advise me on the best way to deal with scaley leg mite? Also my light sussex has lost her tail feathers in her moult but the other hens seem to keep pecking at her bare bottom. Is this normal ? The poor girlie is sectioned of on her own and looking really miserable cos she can't join her mates.
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2008 11:38pm (Oct 23rd 2008)
    Red will probably log on at 2am (well, she is a student after all!) and she'll have lots of advice I expect! There's a thread somewhere on here about red mite (is that the same?), and Tilly and Penny peck at Milly when she's moulting but I don't think its bad enough for her to be removed to solitary confinement! Sorry I can't help - hang in there and you will get some useful advice instead of my rantings!
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2008 1:25am (Oct 24th 2008) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Welcome niccig! :welcome: Kate, it's only just after 1am ;)

    Scaly leg is caused by little mites that burrow under the unfeathered body parts of chickens, usually the legs. They can be transferred through the ground but the most common way is via wild birds, as a result scaly leg is more common with older free-range chickens.

    They cause a lot of irritation to the chickens and, if left untreated, can result in lameness or even toes dropping off! Gently clean the legs using a toothbrush and warm soapy water, and get as much dirt off as possible but do not remove any scales, as this does not help but worsens the condition...

    As for what to do after that, Vaseline blocks off oxygen supply to the little boogers and also heals the leg at the same time - good stuff! ;)One chicken book said to 'apply vaseline in a seven day cycle,'

    As for the moult, the same thing happened to Tilly's bottom when her feathers began to grow back. Is there a lot of blood / injury, or has the top of one feather just been pecked off?

    We didn't have to remove Tilly from the flock or give her any special treatment, just keep an eye on the wound and make sure the other chickens aren't attracted by the blood and pecking it continuously. If the wound is quite big or the other chickens are simple re-opening it, keep her seperated.

    If she is looking sad on her own you could try putting one chicken in with her, and see if they peck at her bottom?

    Whew! Sorry for the long post, hope some of it helps :001_smile: