Diagnosis: eating a lot but very thin
Cause: accidently eating worm eggs. Sometimes these worm eggs are in earthworms which is why earthworms shouldn't be fed.
Mortality: High if untreated. Very, very, low if treated.
Treatment: Get a wormer from your vet or feed store and follow instructions on the packet.Scaly Leg Mite
Diagnosis: Scales on the legs are raised, The longer it has gone on,
the further up the scales will have been raised. In severe cases, the
bird may not be able to walk. Cause: Mites living under the scales of
the leg. The debris they deposit pushes up the scales of the leg.
Mortality: Pretty much no hen dies of it, unless the infestation is so
bad that she cannot walk and so dies of starvation.
are quite a few treatments that can be used.
1. An old timers treatment
that can be used is 1 part kerosene to 2 parts linseed oil, painted on
the hen's legs daily. However, this is not recommended as it is
flammable and the bird could ingest it. However, baby oil can be used.
2. Covering the legs and feet in petroleum jelly (vaseline). This works
by suffocating the mites. It should be done daily until any eggs that
were laid by the mites before they died have hatched out and died.
However, some say that vaseline can allow bacterial and fungal growth.
3. Tea tree oil lotion or ointment can be used and apparently is
quicker than just vaseline or oil. I am currently treating a hen with
scaly leg mite for the first time so I will say what has worked for me
when I am done.
Picture shows the early stages of leg mites on my hen
Matilda. The brown stuff is mud.
Very Advanced Scaly Leg Mite