I live on an island off Australia. We have no vet or shops. Some of my chooks have come from the mainland and were vaccinated as day old chicks. The rest of my chooks were bred here and therefore not vaccinated. Over the last 6 months, they have reduced in number from 13 to 7. Some of them looked like they had Mericks disease as they had droopy wings and paralysis before dying. One Rhodhesian Red just started sitting in her own poo and not moving and died 2 days later. Our lovely lovely little chook, Tinkerbell, died this afternoon. Four days ago she was just the healthiest looking chook running around and suddenly paralysed legs and dead. We have a LOT of native birds living in burrows all around their coop. They roam around the garden from midday on. I'm pretty sure they have the scaly leg mite happening but I'm loathe to put derris dust in their dust baths - just not into too much chemical stuff with small kids around. There are rats on the island but there are absolutely no other predators. If the Rhodesian Red hadnt died (she was from the mainland and vaccinated)I would have put the problem down to Mericks disease but it cant be just that!!! And what do I do for Mericks disease anyway?? I could ring a vet shop and buy something that someone suggested or get something online. Can anyone help? RIP Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Monte, Minea, Monte, Larry and Little Brown.