Our pretty barred rock rooster had been acting strange for a week and today it just came to a point of what the heck is wrong! Upon touching him I was terrified to find one of the worst mite infections I've ever seen. They were crawling through his nose all over his comb. Immediately a tote was filled with warm dish soap water and he was dunked in, with out a fight. The scrubbing was to no avail. My boyfriend alerted me that he had hardly eatting or drinking all week, if at all. To our dismay we lost our feathered friend. He walked to me very unbalanced and laid his head into my jacket folds and crossed the rainbow bridge. We've checked the other birds and they seem to be mite free but does anyone know anything that I could do to prevent it? Now and in the future?? Thanks so much!