We need experienced advice, regarding healing damage to toes due to scaly leg mite. We are concerned about a couple of lesions due to scaly leg mite on the toes of one hen. [Please omit any advice to see a vet. Regrettably, we are dirt poor and could not possibly afford that.] Currently, the feet of our three hens are affected by scaly leg mite. There is a lesion (that is a spot of truly raw, red, exposed flesh - which may have bled) on each of two of the toes of one of the hens. The other two hens aren't as badly affected - as they have some raised scales but no lesions. Yesterday, I treated the hens by smothering their legs and feet with a liberal application of Vaseline (petroleum jelly). I didn't see any point in applying antibiotic ointment to the lesions on the toes of the worst affected hen - as (a) the feet were covered in Vaseline, and (b) the toes became covered in dirt (sticking to the Vaseline) as soon as I returned the hens to their coop. Regrettably, I am somewhat to blame for the advanced damage to the hens' feet. Whereas about six weeks ago I treated our rooster for scaly leg mite with mineral oil (bably oil), and then two weeks later again with Vaseline, I didn't treat the three hens, because from a distance their feet looked fine at that time. I now appreciate that their feet are much finer (thinner) than the rooster's feet, and that a closer examination is necessary to detect any damage to the scales of their feet. Yesterday I also re-treated the rooster, with Vaseline. I plan to re-treat all four birds again in about two weeks time, with Vaseline - to eliminate any new mites that may hatch after yesterday. When I treated the rooster six weeks ago, I also replaced the old perch - which was a branch with cracks in its surface - in order to remove any mites living in the cracks in its surface. The new perch is a branch with a smooth covering of bark. Also, at that time I dusted the coop with diatomaceous earth. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that the birds are getting re-infected with scaly leg mite from tree branches upon which they perch in order to roost on evenings when I am late in arriving to get them back into their coop after their day's free ranging around the lot.