Mites are easy to kill
Q Why isn’t my hen with scaly leg improving?
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.