Hello, BYC Community. Earlier this week I assisted in the rescue of four Silkie hens who were living in absolutely deplorable conditions. The coop was disgusting - no lights, no heating, no ventilation, no windows, leaking roof, rotted floor caked with inches of nasty bedding and waste - fecal, spoiled/moldy food. I wish we could have rescued the remaining chickens, but the owner had sold them with the coop. I should have taken photos of the coop because I am absolutely astounded that someone would buy it. It's almost like once the owner decided she was done, she shut the coop door and forgot about them. I don't advocate violence, but some people need to be punched in the throat. How the heck can anyone do that?! These girls were just caked from head to toe in waste. It took two days of scrubbing to remove much of the filth. I expected a host of respiratory issues, but so far, all we've found is a mild case of lice, some toe nail and underweight issues. One is scarily skeletal and the other three could stand to put on a little bit of weight. The skeletal one is the bottom of the pecking order so if food is scarce then the other girls would likely keep her from eating. We are working on fattening them all up. Suggestions on food would be welcomed. So, we're treating the lice with Ivermectin pour-on. We haven't seen any signs of worms, but thought it'd be good to treat just in case. We were going to do baths as well, but the weather hasn't been very nice so we didn't want to risk making them sick. Can anyone reading this tell me if we need to do a second round of Ivermectin? I've read that some people do and other don't. We have treated the coop with DE because none of the local stores had a poultry dust. It's on order and we'll dust it when it's in. Regarding the toe nail issues, all of the hens are missing a couple of toe nails. One hen has no toe nails on one foot and only two on the other. I suspect their toe nails fell off after they were damaged and/or grew too long. I'm not seeing any signs of infection, but I doubt standing in their own waste for months helped. So I wondering if there's anything we can do to help their feet/toe nails. Should we remove them? Let them fall off naturally? Post-scrubbing photos attached. Thank you all for reading this incredibly long post.