I offered to take a few birds from a neighbor who has been very unwell this winter. The birds are very thin, look and act as though they've not been fed for several weeks, and they were thirsty enough I didn't think I could keep water in front of them. The roo (lovely buff Orpington) has leg mites horribly bad-I have never seen such a bad case. He looks like he is wearing galoshes. He is built as though he should weigh maybe 8-10 pounds, and *might* weigh 5? He's very wild, haven't gotten a weight yet. The two hens are equally malnourished. He is not lame, however, but as bad as his legs are, I'd expect severe lameness in a hen. I have regular layer feed, non-medicated, free choice, and as it's subzero and I have no outside water, I water them twice a day. It is generally unfrozen when I get there pre-roost in the evening, so the house is relatively warm. --Should I supplement with canned dog food or hamburger once/twice a day? Something else? What? I've refed starved horses, but never a starved bird! --How long should I wait before treating for the mites? I'm sure the old boy is uncomfortable, but don't want to kill him off by treating too soon; I plan to get mineral oil and soak him at night, but would like to treat with internal dewormer to clear the whole system once he's strong enough --Once I've wormed the trio, how should I disinfect the coop? It is wooden, linoleum floor, and unpainted (little...3'x4' or so) Should I treat regularly til spring, then boot them out and paint the inside to block the mites? Is this a scourge I'll have forever now? I've had hens for several years, but this is the first time I've had to deal with unhealthy birds and I'm realizing I don't know much about the finer points. I've read as many threads on leg mites as I can, so I'm comfortable with HOW to treat the mites, but none touch on treating starved birds. Thank you so much for your help! I'm sure the girls appreciate it too; I'm sure Simon will as well once he realizes people = food.