Use surgical spirit for scaly leg
Q Someone said that scaly leg causes paralysis in chickens. Is this true?
A Victoria Roberts says: The cause of scaly leg is a mite that burrows under the leg scales and creates crusts of detritus making the legs look rough. This infestation is irritating to the affected chickens and if left without treatment the mounds can get so large and restrictive of blood flow in the legs that a hen can go lame or, at worst, get gangrene from the blood restriction. This is not paralysis, however, so I am afraid that you have been misinformed. Easy treatment is to dunk all the flock’s legs in surgical spirit once weekly for three weeks using a widemouthed jar like a honey jar. Despite the mites having been killed, the legs will not look normal again until the next moult as scales moult at the same time as feathers. Do not pull the crusts off as there is raw skin underneath. Scaly leg infection has a musty smell like mice, so in white-legged birds the early stages can be found by smelling the legs, while in darklegged birds there is a patchy white area early on.
After scaly leg, the legs will only look normal again after the next moult