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 Post subject: Scaly leg mites on some not others
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:33 pm 
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Not sure whether this topic/question belongs in the poultry health section or the poultry genetics area, so I thought I'd try here first. I have two breeds of fowl, the Barnevelder and the S/L Wyandotte. The Wyandottes suffer from chronic scaly leg mites whereas the Barnevelders have no problems with these pesky little beasts, when I'm not breeding the birds mix and mingle. Any thoughts on the matter folks?


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 Post subject: Re: Scaly leg mites on some not others
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:06 pm 
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If you have scaly leg in some fowls it is inevitable eventually to infect a large proportion if not most of your fowls irrispective of breed.
The most common source of infection is a hen with it and she passes the mite onto the chicks she rears, but it will pass one to another in time.
Many suggestions as to how to eradicate it have been suggested including sump oil and even WD40 but as it is a live mite that burrows under the skin must be killed.
The use of sump oil is an old remedy but it is messy and relies on smothering the mite .
I use Malawash for fleas and ticks, at tick strength.
Anything with Malathion in it will mix with water OR oil for use and is an effective insecticide.Use anything that has Malathion as the base ingredient, ie Malawash, Malaban etc etc.
The trick is to get it to penetrate into the spongy mass, that is where the mites have burrowed and reside.
For this purpose I mix it with "Goanna Oil" as it is a very thin penetrating oil that carries the Malathion to the source and kills the mite.But you can use any oil, ie Veg, Olive, sewing machine oil or any other fine oil as a carrier for the insecticide.
If they have been infect for any length of time you may find scale damage to the legs and will have scarring that prevents you from showing but with time and patience it can be erradicated from your flock and all birds introduced after should be treated with this mixture as a preventative precaution.
Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Scaly leg mites on some not others
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:41 pm 
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Thanks for your reply Oaklands, I suppose the reason I'm curious about this subject is that I've been breeding the Barnevelder and the S/L Wyandotte for a couple of decades now (at least) and as I said the birds free range together when the breeding season is over, including sharing the pens. To give you an idea on how long I've had the breeds, the S/L Wyandottes are a James Bishop line and the Barnevelders go back several years before that. Yet the Barnevelders haven't succumbed to these mites,which is why I think (theory of course) that they are more resistant to the mites. Why is this so?


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 Post subject: Re: Scaly leg mites on some not others
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:34 am 
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I have heard this before of some breeds resistant to leg mites and some very vulnerable to them. I too would be interested in knowing the answer if there is one?


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