Ok I don't know what the heck I am doing apparently and I need to figure out how to get us back on the right track. Ok so year one I bought 16 chickens and then 8 more. 8 barred rocks, 8 ees and 8 golden commets. Yes I like variety. Ok I never got an egg and all the barred rocks were definitely roos. Some hit the freezer, the others were sold and I started over. We moved. We converted a calf barn into a chicken coop, had everything set up and ready this time before I got the chicks. Feed, cans for feed, nesting boxes, roosts, brooder. Read the books and the forums and I thought I was prepared. So 2 roosters were given to me by a family friend. One died shortly after introduction to the hens. His comb turned purple and he died pretty sudden. I bought 4 adult hens. One died just recently we think due to snake. One has bumblefoot and another has scaley leg mites BAD. I mean bad. Also we have mites. I treat with DE, I treat with 7. I put oil on legs. blah blah blah you get the picture. Anything I see that I should be doing I am doing. The one with the swollen foot is getting worse despite treatment. Nothing seems to be working and even though she was sold as a year old hen I have this bad feeling I was also sold old birds. Never buy birds because you feel sorry for them and expect good things. These girls take the majority of my time. The leg mites I started scarlet oil because I read that would work. I hope it does. I even considered putting tea tree oil into vasaline and seeing how that works. I do love tea tree oil. I feel bad because they seem to be uncomfortable at this point and I hate to cull for what I think is a small thing I should be able to fix. So why can I not fix this? The leg mites are not going away. None of the other birds seem to have them but I assume it can spread and I cannot keep one hen in quarantine forever. Of course I have added other birds. All seem healthy. Everyone went through quarantine. I checked and checked for problems but found none at the time. All that should be laying are and some of my teens have given me a couple tiny eggs so far. We don't seem to have a huge mite problem I guess other than I don't seem to be able to be completely free of them. I treat till I can find no more and then I treat one more time and I swear the second I turn my back the mites are back. I clean the coop once a week. I treat it once a week. I put DE and 7 dust in their dust bath and throughout the coop. When I put it into the coop I kinda stir it in and then put a bit more on top to make sure everything is getting treated. I really have to search for the mites but I know they are there hiding from me. Always I will find them on the really feather footed or fancy ones. I treat them every 3 weeks with 7 dust and in between with DE. Is there something more I can do. One problem might be that wild birds do congregate in their run area. It is a huge open fenced in ranging area for them. There is no way I could cover it. Its an acre. I also was an idiot and bought polishes. Deal lord someone slap me. Nightmare. Bought 6 and I have 2 left. One died as a baby, another died for no apparent reason, another died a day after I rescued it after it got itself trapped in a tiny hole between the walls. How it ever got in there I will never know. We had to do some deconstruction to get to it and I thought it was pretty close to dead already. Dumb dumb dumb birds. Another dropped dead in a mud puddle. Just dropped in the middle of it. It had a huge cone head. I mean HUGE. Of course they get the mites the worst. I cannot seem to get them over it and they are probably the cause of the rest of the flock getting them over and over. I need some common sense stuff to fix these issues. I feel like I am failing my chickens. They provide me eggs, I should be providing a better, safer environment. I can't even fix a sore foot. Frustrated. I really want another type of chicken and I am wanting it bad but I need to get my ducks in order before I do that. The mites maybe I am winning on because I really only find them on the fancy feathers and even then I now have to really search. I feel like I am losing the battle on the bumblefoot and the one with legmites. I am failing my hens.