One of my hens is lame, not weight bearing on the sore leg. I don’t see any sign of injury or infection anywhere on her foot or leg, and she does not appear to be sick. However, I do see just a very few scales lifting up on the front of her leg. Could this be scaly leg mites? Could a minor infestation make her that sore? The only other thing that I can think of is that she may have sprained her leg or a toe. Is there anything else I should consider?
I sprayed her leg with liquid permethrin (horse and stable fly spray; it’s all I have on hand), and I’ll coat the leg with petroleum jelly this evening. What else should I be doing for her? How long should it take the leg to heal if the lameness is caused by mites? How long should a sprain take to heal?
I don’t know much about chickens, so any suggestions will be appreciated.