Hi Jocelyn. Mavis is still limping but nowhere near as badly, and still eating and drinking as usual. I took her to the vet (he thought I was nuts!) and he wondered if it was Merek's disease, which apparently presents in paralysis and eventual death and can spread to other chooks. Now a week on, it obviously isn't that, thank goodness - maybe you're right. We wondered if she had damaged herself somehow. She's very big and heavy with huge feet - perhaps she fell over herself getting out of the nest box! We hadn't thought of mites but I guess the vet would have noticed an infestation. May be she's shamming it to get attention! It's certainly worked - the kids have picked all the caterpillars off my cabbages to give to her!
Hi Jocelyn, My chickens havent had a mite problem but i understand if it is really bad you can wrap neem soaked rags around their legs for a day. Also scrub the perches and all cracks etc with neem oil. The mites live in the cracks and come out at night while chickens are perching. I use derris dust (natural product ) to treat for lice, seems to work well.
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