exfoliating any dead, loose scales.
affected area with petroleum jelly.
reapplied several times each week until the affected areas return to normal. It
may take several months for mild to moderate cases to resolve.
OPTION 2: Sulfur & Vaseline
for scaly leg mites is to mix 2 tablespoons of sulfur powder with ½ cup
petroleum jelly- applied daily for a minimum of two weeks.
OPTION 3: Ivermectin
mite, oral or injectable forms of Ivermectin may be prescribed by a
veterinarian. Per Dr. Julie Gauthier, DVM the dosage is 0.2 mg/kg per bird, repeated in ten days.
Gail Damerow indicates an oral dosage of Ivermectin of 5-7 drops for bantam birds, 1/4 cc for larger birds in The Chicken Health Handbook. She also states that “since the withdrawal time is not known, ivermectin should not be used on birds kept for meat or eggs.”
OPTION 4: Gasoline & A&D ointment
Dr. Michael Darre, PhD, Poultry Extension Specialist for New England at the University of Connecticut. It is effective and works quickly.
Day 1: DIP the affected legs in
gasoline (the cheap gas, no need for hi-test). Don’t rub on or brush
on, DIP the legs in it. Hold the legs out and allow them to dry. Slather legs with A&D ointment. The A&D softens the scales and promotes healing.
the scales and kills the mites AND suffocates the nits. The nits are the
biggest problem when trying to treat scaly leg mites with other treatment options. It
can take weeks with other methods and often doesn’t kill all the nits, so the
problem never goes away.
Slather A&D ointment on the legs only- no gasoline on day 2.
Repeat the same treatment as Day 1. Gas dip. Dry. A&D. That completes the course of treatment.