I put up a photo on a duck forum (I happened to be on it at the time and they also talk chickens) with pictures of 2 of my chickens feet that are bubbled and rough and look awful. I already feel dreadful for not having noticed this ages ago, so please be kind! Its been identified as Scaly Leg Mites. Lots of advice came back including soak in cooking oil, olive oil, vaseline, gasoline, petroleum jelly, Epsom salts, Ivermetim and Permetherin liquid and many many others and I'm now stuck as to which way to go. So I've started at the very easy end of things and bought some Nettex Just for Scaly Legs, which says treat the birds every 3 days. So here are my questions.....
Question 1: The Chickens have an Eglu Cube, which I've taken apart and sprayed with anti mite spray and washed thoroughly again (its cleaned fully every week). But that is housed inside a large run with bark on the floor and wooden sleepers to stop foxes - do I have to somehow treat the whole area or just where they sleep? If so what with?
Question 2 - I've tried spraying twice and am not entirely convinced it will work as most of the spray goes everywhere and not necessarily coats their foot thoroughly. Plus the moment you put them down they start scratching the earth again and the wet foot then just becomes coated in mud and dust. Any top tips for how to get this under control quickly? What of the many products mentioned up above are actually useful or do I just keep going with the Nettex?
Lastly, I have red mite powder down in the coop, is there an alternative I could use that would cover red mites and scaly mites so as to not let my ladies have this problem again? Thanks in advance for all your help. I've gone from no info to too much and the internet is just as confusing!