Hi friends, I do apologize for posting here instead of the Emergency board, but I always find far more interaction here because many like me just does not have the time to read every forum. I did just post this same post on BYC exboard, but want all the help I can get, so I post here too. I think I will also post this on the General Forum in the new BackYardChickens.com board & hope I don't upset anyone because I sure don't want to do that. I still get confused as to which one I should be posting on. But then, I truly am a medical, mental disaster area. Even my doctor was pulling his hair yesterday as to where to go with all my escalating issues. I left his office after Carol & myself talked with him for about half an hour, with no new answers. O well...probably more chickens is the main answer don't you think?!?!? I mentioned this problem we are having in another thread not long ago, but never pursued it further because we though we had this problem on the run. Sorry to say, but NOT. One of our year old Mottled Cochin Bantam roosters from last years group had a very bad infestation of Northern Fowl Mites. We had given him to another person late last fall, but their cat got hold of him & he was injured pretty bad. They brought him back to us & we spent 2 weeks nursing him back to full health. We believe that he contacted the mite problem while away from here; we have not had any bad problem with mites before, so this is our suspicions as to where they originated from. We dusted all our chicks about the same time & believe we missed him because of his injuries. About four weeks ago I noticed Louie being very pale looking & listless acting, so I brought him inside & we looked him over & found the very bad infestation. We bathed him in dog flea shampoo, dried him good, gave him a few shots of Adam's Flea & Tick spray with Skillstop, dusted him very throughly with a dust that has Permethin as the active ingredient & kept him in that night. We also gave him a dose of Rooster Booster, which put color back in his crown & wattles very fast, it's high in Iron. We also inspected all the other guys & found some mites, but no infestation. We sprayed & dusted all of them anyway & put Permethrin in all their coops & yards. The next morning we gave Louie another bath with the flea shampoo & another round of spray & dust. When he dried good we dusted him again, gave him more Rooster Booster & put him back out. We did another round of spray & dusting to all the chicks at 5 days. At that time we noticed a bit of infestation on two of the hens, so brought them in & went through the whole bath, spray & dusting routine. We again did another dusting for all of them after another 5 days. We ended the whole thing after one more 5 day dusting & thought we had the mite issue whipped, but still not. We finally had the time to completely clean out all the coops & yards last Friday. We scrubbed the coop areas, including all the perches, with Oxine, 1/2c to a gallon of water. Anything we could not scrub, we sprayed with the mixture & we left their coops bare, no bedding at all, just the wood floors. After they dried we dusted with the Mite dust & D.E. including their perches. We also cleaned out their enclosed yards which had straw on the ground for them through the winter & dusted them with D.E. & Mite dust. We also raked out the 25 foot long uncovered part of their runs. While doing this I noticed Louie was once again getting listless & his ear lobes were swollen up. I caught him & we inspected him throughly & found a mite infestation around his neck, ears & even his eye lids. We did the whole bath, spray dusting again three days ago & today was the follow up dusting so I caught him before he was off his perch this morning. His ear lobes are still swollen up & his eye lid on the right side was matted shut this morning. I was able to get the eye open & completely dusted him again very heavily, even his poor little eye areas. Is there anything specific I can do for poor Louie to get this cleared up from his eyes?? I do believe that cleaning out the coops & runs will help get this under control, but there must be something else we can do to put an end to this very big problem. Any ideas friends, I'm getting very desperate & my energy level is so low that this is really making a physical & mental basket case out of me so I truly appreciate any help I can get. Well that's it. I am sorry for this being long...again & of course in the wrong forum. Thanks for tolerating me, I know I am a real pain in the butt at times. God bless each of you, my friends at BYC. Have a great day.