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  • Scaly Leg in Chickens: Problems and Solutions

    Many people are rearing chickens in their back garden, to save money and also because these chickens and their eggs are likely to be healthier than the chickens in national and international poultry farms. People who keep chickens also have more control over the food that is fed to their chickens, compared to the chicken in poultry farms who are often fed chemically doused food, which is designed to make them larger and lay more eggs. However, one of the main concerns faced by those who keep chickens is the health of their chickens, as they can fall ill due to a vast number of reasons.

    Hence anyone keeping one or more chickens should be aware of the various diseases that chickens can get, so that they can be treated at the earliest point, and are cured quickly. Additionally they should also ensure that other chickens are not infected, since many of the diseases are infectious and can spread quickly within a chicken house.


    What Are Scaly Leg Mites?

    Scaly leg mites are one of the most common diseases which can spread quickly. It is a disease caused by a burrowing mite, with the scientific name of ‘Knemidocoptes Mutans’. This mite burrows under the scales on the legs of the chicken and other poultry animals like quails and ducks, which makes the scales become encrusted and raised.

    The disease is spread when the chicken comes into contact with other birds who are infected with the disease. The mites causing the disease will spend their entire life on the legs of the bird which they have infected. Once a bird is infected, the entire flock is likely to get infected quickly unless the owner will take suitable precautions and isolate the bird. In some cases, the owner of the flock may unintentionally purchase birds which are carriers of the mite, and do not show any visible signs of infection. These birds may infect the healthy birds. Hence, before adding new birds to the flock, they should be inspected closely to ensure that they do not have any of the mites.

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    Treating Scaly Leg Mites

    Though the chicken detected with scaly legs may look ugly, since the scales are protruding and are partially falling out, it is important to treat them in the right way. The scales should not be plucked off or cut off, since the legs of the chicken may get damaged. Instead the chicken should be treated with various medicines and methods to kill the mites on the legs. After all the mites have been killed, the scales will fall off, and new scales will be formed naturally through the process of moulting. However, the process of forming new infection-free scales will take time, at least one year. If you are ever worried about your chickens, you should always seek expert advice from a veterinarian.

    There are a number of chemicals which can be used for killing the mites. Surgical spirit is the most effective way to kill the mites though it may sting a little. The legs of the chicken should be dipped in the spirit once a week for a period of three to four weeks. Additionally the scales can be softened by rubbing Vaseline or petroleum jelly, and brushed with a toothbrush, to suffocate the mites and kill them.

    Thank you for reading the Eggshell blog, if you would like to find out any further information or have a question, don’t hesitate to call us on 01903 756121, or alternatively visit our contact page.

  • Creating the Right Environment for Your Rabbit.

    Rabbits are active pets and will need plenty of room to hop around. That's why care is extremely important. It’s vital that they are allowed to run around during the day so they need a big enough rabbit hutch and a rabbit run would also be a great idea. The hutch also needs to be secure and, in a place, where its dry and draught free. The whole rabbit hutch should be cleaned out regularly to keep your rabbit happy and healthy.

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  • The ultimate guide on choosing the perfect chicken coop for you

    How many chickens will be in the chicken coop you're planning? How much space do you have for it? What is the most appropriate material? These are important questions that need to be answered in order to find suitable chicken houses.

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  • Top Tips for Raising Baby Chicks

    Baby chicks require much time and attention for them to grow. Therefore, raising chicks is not as easy a task as it seems. This is because you have to know the right information regarding raising them. Without enough knowledge on how to raise the baby chicks, it could cause you to incur a lot of costs. Hence it is important to acquire enough knowledge before starting the task for raising baby chickens. This article discusses the top tips for raising baby chicks.

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  • Best Ways to Protect your Chickens from Predators

    Poultry farming stands to be one of the most lucrative forms of farming for so many reasons, it provides a mix of food and companionship which makes it unique from other types of farming. Whether you're raising chickens for meat, eggs, or simply as pets, you'll know that they're a magnet for hungry predators, which is why it's important to keep them safe. Keep reading for our tips for how to protect chickens from predators.

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  • How to Train Your Rabbit Not to Chew

    The fact that rabbits love to chew things is known by anyone who has seen rabbits. Well, chewing by your rabbit is not entirely wrong. It only becomes a problem when they begin to chew on things that they shouldn’t chew on. These may be furniture, wires and other household items. This trait is either dangerous to the animals or you may end up with a household full of destruction. As such, you need to find a way to ensure that your bunnies are trained not to chew any such things. Rather, they should chew more on the appropriate things. Here are the ways you can train your bunny not to chew on your items.

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  • Top Tips | How to raise rabbits

    Rabbits are great company and wonderful pets, they’re playful and tame but are also very social. Contrary to what people will tell you, these animals do involve dedication to take care of. Just like most other pets we have at home, the environment around the rabbit needs to be kept clean and healthy. Another vital part of raising rabbits is to provide them with the right kind of food and clean and healthy water. If you’re planning to get some for yourself or you already have some, there are certain top tips that will help in raising them properly. Here are our top tips for you: Continue Reading

  • How to get rid of red mites in chicken houses

    As a chicken keeper, dealing with red mite can be a quite a tricky challenge. These small parasitic mites often live in the chicken coop during the day. When the night comes, they begin to feed off the blood of the chicken. The infestation of the red mites can occur in all kinds of chicken houses. However, the one kind of coops that tend to suffer more from their infestation is the wooden chicken house. Hence, if your chicken house is wooden, you’ll probably experience this problem of red mite infestations more often. So, how do you get rid of the mites from your chicken house? Continue Reading

  • What vegetables can rabbits eat?

    Fresh food for rabbits is definitely a big concern for those who keep the animals, for whatever reason as they help in improving their pet's health. People have different opinions on what would be the best vegetables that can be fed to the rabbits. Continue Reading

  • Can Chickens get Frostbite and how do I stop it?

    Frostbite is bodily tissue damage occurring when they are exposed to extreme cold conditions. It causes the fluid in the cells to freeze. This results in the clotting of the blood which in turn deprives the cells of oxygen. This will result in varying degrees of tissue damages. Continue Reading

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