Pesky Pests - Scaly Leg Mite Management

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Scaly Leg Mites

Scaly leg mites are particularly nasty; they spend their entire life cycle on the bird they are spread by direct contact with other birds.

How will I know if my chickens have Scaly Leg Mites?

Scaly leg mites burrow under the scales of a bird’s legs causing great irritation, which the hen tries to relieve by pecking. This creates painful sores on the legs. The scales will look raised, with a crusty exudate under them; this is the mites’ excrement.

How should I tackle them?

Scaly legs can be easily managed with the following 2 step programme:

1. Spray the legs of affected birds with Nettex Scaly Leg Remover, this product suffocates the mites, eases the discomfort and provides a barrier to deter and protect the legs from further infection. Apply to the legs with a soft toothbrush, in an upward motion, gently working it under the scales.

2. Repeat every 5-6 days (to break the egg cycle) until the infestation has gone and the scabs have gone from under the scales. Note that the scales will remain raised when the mites are gone.

A regular routine like this will keep the mites at bay and ensure that your flock is parasite-free and healthy.

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