is a photo of a Silkie named Cotton. She has scaly leg mites on her
toes. The mites also damaged her toenails. You can easily identify the
mites by the raised scales on Cotton's middle toes.
are pictures of a severe case of leg mites at the end of this article.
Cotton's Scaly Leg Mites
Not a Very Severe Case
Scaly Leg Mites
Leg Mites (Knemidocoptes
usually live a protected life under the scales on the legs and feet of
poultry but they do occasionally attach to combs and wattles. The
scales thicken on infected legs and feet and seem to point directly
outward; scales on uninfected birds lay so flat you might not notice
infected birds can become lame and die.
many mites, scaly leg mites spread by direct contact with infected
birds and their surrounds. These small parasites are barely visible,
live by sucking blood from their host, and can live several months
- Smother or Poison
the infected birds. Clean the coop and optionally spray it with a
miticide. If you can remove all the mites and their eggs, the miticide
apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or vegetable oil to the entire legs,
shanks, and feet. Repeat every few days until the bird sheds the raised
scales, new scales are full sized, and the new scales lay flat like on
an uninfected bird. This method is safe and effective.
people give Ivomectrin orally or subcutaneously to poison the mites. I
have no experience with this method.