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Digital Subscriptions > Chickens > NovDec 2018 > ChiCken health,from a to Z

ChiCken health,from a to Z

Our yearlong series concludes with the final letters of the alphabet.

We’ve come to the end, my friends. We’ve covered some gnarly chicken ailments this year, starting with avian influenza in the January/ February 2018 issue, and you’ve made it this far. We hope you’ve not encountered too many of these afflictions in your flock, but pat yourself on the back for being a responsible flock-keeper. Being aware of what might befall your flock provides a very strong foundation for care.

Let’s dive right into this final installment.

Scaly Leg Mites

These little gray bugs spend their lives on chickens if they’re allowed to infest a flock, and they’re notoriously difficult to eradicate. Many conventional breeders and keepers suggest quickly culling any infested chickens, as the mites spread quickly from bird to bird. These mites prefer the featherless areas of the chicken, burrowing under the scales on a bird’s leg shanks. This gives the chicken the telltale look of a scaly leg mite infestation: old, raised, crusty leg scales.

If you see a bird with leg mites, you have several options. As mentioned previously, you can cull the bird, though this isn’t usually a viable option for those who keep their birds as pets.

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