oh great! I just found out that mites can cause loss of feathering on the back, too! our old hens have scaly leg mites, but I never knew that they might be the reason one the hens, Abby, has a bare back and like no tail feathers, poor girl! Plus, she has the rooster who seems to like her a lot. What do we do to help her grow her feathers back???? we are gonna put Vaseline on her legs, but what about her back??? It's really not pretty....she has ONE large feather sticking up and that's it! And it sometimes looks raw and sore and sometimes, around the feathers, her skin bleeds or turns red colored. I feel so bad that we never thought that the mites were doing it! Boy, I never knew chickens would be THIS hard to care for. First, our two new chicks have lice and they are sneezing. then, our old hens have scaly leg mites that we never knew of. Now, one of those same hens may have mites eating her feathers off her back! My dad got the lice powder for the chicks, and he has Vaseline, but now we still have to treat the hen for her back AND treat the baby chick's watery nose. Really panicking here! could someone please give me some advice??? Thanks so much!