Mites are easy to kill

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Q Why isn’t my hen with scaly leg im­prov­ing?

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Vic­to­ria says: Scaly leg is caused by a mite which builds mounds of off-white crust on the legs of a hen. It is very easy to kill the scaly leg mite (un­like other mites) by dunk­ing (eas­i­est to use is a wide-mouthed honey jar) the en­crusted legs in sur­gi­cal spirit once weekly for three weeks. The crusts will fall off in their own time but the leg will not look nor­mal un­til the hen moults her feath­ers as the scales moult at the same time as the feath­ers. Scaly leg is con­ta­gious, so it would be sen­si­ble to dunk the legs of all of the flock with the sur­gi­cal spirit twice, a week apart, to pre­vent it spread­ing, plus treat any new stock to pre­vent trans­mis­sion of the mite.

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