Wow, is it difficult to fight the scaly leg mites. I have used a lot of Vaseline covering the chicken’s feet and legs to smother the mites. Unfortunately, a few toes were lost before I realized some of the chickens had a problem. You don’t really notice until one of the chickens start walking like it has a sore foot. I had so many chickens, too and to chase over 100 chickens down and check every one of their feet would have taken hours and I would have to do it at least every couple of weeks. I naturally just thought one of them had stepped on something and it would heal.
My husband said he is afraid I will get them, too because I am always barefoot. I know it is possible to get some parasites from the ground so I keep telling myself I will wear shoes, but it doesn’t happen on a regular basis. lol
Anyone else had to deal with this? Any other suggestions. I put seven dust down in the chicken yard but the chickens also have an acre that they can free range on so I don’t know if I should be concerned with my whole 2 acres or just their main chicken yards.