HI Lloyd you may not have to give them a second go. It will take a while for the scales to go back to normal, the idea is to kill off the mite that lives underneath the scale by smothering them. You can even use fat on the legs or Vaseline.some guys scrub the legs with washing powder in a bucket of warm water to kill them. I think this is not so contagious out of the 50 odd chooks I have there would be only two with it one new one and an old boy I have had for years and I have only done him once. you will find that the bird will not pick at its leg anymore so it has to be more comfortable, you may also find that a few of the scales have fallen off its leg over all there will be a slow improvement no quick fix except for getting shot of the mites mother nature will take care of the rest of it for the bird but over all she or he will be a lot happier for it hope this helps Trev
I think we've had this question before and there's no real answer as it's not registered for use with poultry, although a lot of people use it with great success. Revolution was recommended to me and it also treats scaley leg mites as well as fleas and lice but I was told to do it later when they are moulting and usually not laying. I did purchase some but haven't used it yet. I know treating the legs individually is a lot more trouble than a little bit of frontline but it's probably a lot safer. Of course using it on a rooster wouldn't be a problem unless you plan on eating it some time soon.
Hi Trev Moxidectin plus does everything including scaly mite. It will kill the mite and in the next molt the infected scales will fall off. The only down side with moxidectin plus is that you can not eat the eggs or any chicken meat for 21 days. My dogs have lovely shiny coats and eyes during this time as it is safe to give the eggs to the dogs. But it is worth it for me. Cheers Linda
Thanks that Linda that would be out of my league I do not use anything harder than roundup on the weeds in the front garden and not even in my veggie patch I will stick to a bit of oil of Vaseline Trev
Ok try this way get some soap powder in a bucket of warm water and a brush not to hard a brush get his legs in it and clean them and give them a soak in the stuff for a while about 2 minuets then rince the leggs off that should do it good luck I have never had that problem once I do them there done for well lets say a long time the legs do look bad they will get better though I have had worst when I was given a roo that's why I try to get all my stock from eggs now I find it a better way for me anyway this has to be painful the scales are trying to lift upwards the wrong direction they should be going I would not like it good luck
I use a horse wormer that has ivermectin in it. I put about 1 ml on the back of their necks when they need it and it works well for scaly leg and fleas. I also spray the pens with malothon? I get the horse wormer from the feed shop. It is $60 for a small bottle but at 1 ml a go, it will last for ages.
My scaly legs improved but have not gone back to normal.
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