This must be my season for bad things to be going on with my flock. Henry, my rooster is 9 and I noticed he was stumbling or laying low to the ground on a few occasions. I assumed it was because of his age.( I have had three jaw surgeries in the past 17 months, so I have hired some HS kids to work with my husband in treating the flock every three months for parasites.) I was feeling well enough one afternoon and mentioned to my husband that when Henry went into the coop for the evening I was going to check him out and determine if it was time for me to contact my best friend who just happens to be a veterinarian about putting Henry down. When he went in that evening, I picked him up and was floored with the amount of mites that were all over him. They were coming out of his ears, and caused him to loose a toe, he was weak, he was underweight and my heart broke knowing he had been going through this. (The boys all said that they had been treating Henry just as they had the other hens , but he still had them.) I brought him in the house and immediately started to wash him in the sink and my whole darn arm was covered because they were trying to get away from the soap/water. I have been checking on him every day, and treating any wounds that the mites caused. He still tries to be the main man to all his 30 something females even though he struggles. One moment he's walking and then the next he's stumbling. I am to repeat his treatment tomorrow , but decided to check him today when I noticed that the hens where outside by theirselves while he was under the chicken coop-not normal for him-ever! Once again he was ate up- I just did a treatment (all hens too and coop). I gave him some liquid iron because I know he's weak and noticed he hardly has anything in his crop- I wouldn't want to eat either if I were him. His comb has boo-boos on it and his poor feet are a mess. I brought him this time into the shower and washed him, and washed him, and washed him until the bottle of aveeno for sensitive skin was gone and he was calm/relaxed and probably feeling free from bites. I am planing on keeping him indoor in a kennel so I can give him tuna fish , yogurt and plenty of vitamins and probiotics. Tomorrow I will repeat the treatment of the girls and instead of cleaning the coop am going to do the dehydrated lime white wash the inside of the whole coop- its 600sq foot , so thank god I have those boys to help me tomorrow. My chickens are free range, and wild birds are plentiful....under the coop is dirt where the chickens like to hang out especially when they are hiding from Eagles and things. Any one have any in put to help me 1) get Henry back to 100% and preventing this from happening to another one of my flock and 2) what does everyone else do to keep their flock, coops, pens, and outdoor areas free from darn mites? First pictures are when he was over a year old and the last few are the pictures are recent.