I have never had chickens before. I just moved into a house with a nice sized fenced in yard and I figure I would get some chickens to run around back there and I would have fresh organic eggs to eat. I have only hade my chickens for a few days. I have a male and female rhode island red, a baby silkie and a turken, which is a chicken turkey crossbreed. I noticed yesterday as I was puting the turken back in the coop that he had little white things all over his head and neck. The are very visible to the naked eye and about half a millimeter in size. Some most seemed stationary, but I did see a couple moving. Does anyone have any idea what these things are? Could they be some sort of lice, mite or flea? How would he have contracted these things? How do I get rid of them? Would the other bords have gotten them as well because they are kept in the same coop? If I have to treat all of the birds and is it okay to treat the baby silkie who is only a week and a bit old? The rest of the birds are pretty young too, not even old enough to produce eggs but they are almost at that age. I also have cats in the house, would they need to be treated as well? And what about myself, clothing and other household fabrics because I was holding him as I noticed the white things. If anyone is able to answer these questions it is much apprechiated. I am very worried about my little guys.