I've been a bit worried about one of my 9 month old hens that stopped laying two months ago and just doesn't look as vibrant as the others. I chalked it up to her being a BO and much less efficient forager than the others and now she's losing feathers as if she's molting (she might be, I don't know) and she does have new pin feathers emerging. Her condition has continued to worry me. I've been checking my girls every week for mites and other parasites and found nothing, not even any marks. This morning I decided to figure this out and spent a couple hours in the coop looking at the smallest details. The first thing I found were insect exoskeletons in the spider webs, but only below where the chickens roost. The highest concentration was right below where the ailing BO sleeps. I collected them and upon close examination, they looked like smallish bed-bugs. I then looked up near the roost and around the crack between two 2x4s were smears I recognized as feces from blood-sucking insects. I jabbed a putty knife I use for scraping in the coop in between the boards and it came out covered in blood. I then was able to collect some intact specimens and they do seem to be bed bugs. It's embarrassing and horrific that they've been feeding nightly on my girls. I just found out minutes ago and I'm contemplating how I'm going to treat this but I really wanted to share this with others since it hasn't seemed to have come up much lately. The odd thing is I can't find any marks on the birds, but they're obviously being bitten. I suspect with the nation-wide outbreak of these pests, we might see them showing up in our coops.