Read THE ADVENTURES OF POPPY AND GEORGE - PART 63
Poppy and George learn about scaly leg
“You were right, Poppy,” said Grandpa. “Dora has scaly leg mite.” “Is that like red mite?” asked George. “Not really,” replied Grandpa. “Red mite live in the coop, but these mites live under the scales on the chickens’ legs.”
“I noticed the scales were sort of standing up when we did our weekly inspection,” said Poppy, “so we looked in the chicken book.”
“Well spotted,” smiled Grandpa. “Those weekly checks are great for catching problems before they get serious.” “How did she get it?” asked George. “Probably from wild birds in the garden,” replied Grandpa. “They often carry diseases.”
“Will the others catch it?” asked Poppy.
“Possibly,” said Grandpa. “We’ll clean the coop thoroughly in case any mites are in the bedding, but first we’ll treat Dora. She’ll be feeling very uncomfortable.”
“Is she in pain?” asked Poppy, looking worried.
“At the moment it’s probably just horribly itchy,” said Grandpa, “but we must sort it out before her legs get lumpy with the waste left by the mites. That can make chickens lame, or even cause toes to fall off.” “Please help her!” begged Poppy. (To be continued…)