I will try to be brief... Since aquiring my Silkies almost 2 years ago, I have been battling the dreaded scaly leg mite. My flock seems very healthy otherwise, but my laying ratio SUCKS! I have a laying flock of 21 birds currently, and the best number I have had is about 8 eggs per day. Right now we are at 3! My flock is a mix of pure and cross breeds, such as plymouth rock, columbian rock, ee, cuckoo maran... and some brown ones with black tails (I have no idea what they are!). So the question: Can I pin the low egg production on the leg mites? I have read that leg mites cause "morbidity"- not "mortality"... what does that even mean?!