About a month ago I discovered bed bugs in my home, which I have never had before. Around 9 months ago, we got 3 hens that were 5 weeks old. My daughters carry them around and hug them frequently throughout the day, which is adorable. It is making me question if that could possibly be the source of my problem. I wanted to see if anyone else has dealt with this. I've read everything I could find on the forum but haven't found an answer. They are definitely bed bugs and not any other mites or bugs. We have hopefully rid our home of them and definitely don't want to deal with the major hassle again, but since my daughters play with the chickens daily I want to be sure that's not where they're coming from! I thoroughly cleaned and inspected the coop, roost and chickens. There were no exoskeletons or blood spots anywhere. Of course the coop has cracks galore, as it's made with all wood. The hens appear very healthy and are laying as normal. I put DE under the straw, in the cracks and where they dust bath.
The internet does say bed bugs like to feed on chickens, but I haven't found anyone else with this issue. I can't be the only one! I am hoping the chickens aren't the source and that my problem is now gone for good! Thanks in advance.