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What are Scaly Leg Mites?

Scaly Leg Mites are particularly nasty; they spend their entire life cycle on the chicken they are spread by direct contact with other birds. Scaly Leg Mites burrow under the scales of the chickens legs causing great irritation, which the hen tries to relieve by pecking. This creates painful sores on the legs. The scales will look raised, with a crusty exudate under them; this is the mites’ excrement.