Hello everybody! Today I came back home from college for my week long Thanksgiving break after being away for 3 months. I was shocked to see how much my flock of four hens had changed since I was gone. They had lost a lot of weight, a lot of feathers, egg production was down, and they just generally looked quite more lethargic. My Rhode Island Red was especially bad she had lost a lot of weight and was walking funny with high steps (any input on this? I think she has leg mites or something). One google search was all I needed to find that they were probably suffering from chicken mites. Naturally I was incredibly upset over their condition and cross examined my family as to what had been going on. Turns out that while the coop had been cleaned once a week, but they forgot to sprinkle the DE used to keep away mites in the coops. So that hadn't been used in the 3 months since I was gone, so I believe I am dealing with an infestation. I can't see the mites on the skin, but I am not a pro at locating them either and I believe these are the nocturnal kind. I have one week to do the best I can to take the edge off of the infestation and to treat the chickens. Today I went out and got pet shampoo which aids skin conditions and relieves itching. I also go Manna Pro Poultry Protector, which is a spray used to protect chickens from fleas mites and ticks. I sprayed the heck out of each chicken with the spray and tomorrow I plan to give them all baths. Has anyone used this poulry protector? Its all-natural/non toxic so its safe for liberal use, I don't want to use harsh chemicals unless this stuff doesnt work or if its absolutely necessary. One of my chickens, my RIR has had the worst time of it, she has lost a lot of weight and is very lethargic which is quite unlike her. When I sprayed her she shed a lot of dandruff, and chicken feathers. She has been walking funny, with high steps, for the last couple of days so I think it is leg mites or something. What do you think? I'm just about to go out and deep clean the coop. What else do you guys think I should do? How long before the mites are gone and the chickens can get better? Should I feed them any supplements to help out their weakened immune system? Please PLEASE give me some advice, even if it is simple and short! I literally have a week to make things right and I could use any advice I can get!