i think they are fleas. the hen has been brooding for 4 weeks now and the eggs are starting to hatch. (yeah i know super long hatch. on saturday i considered throwing the eggs out but they didn't smell rotten yet and she was still sitting on them) 2 chicks have hatched so far. this morning i grabbed a day old chick to check on it and there were little bugs on its butt. i poked one and it scurried into the chicks down fast. it is obvious these pests are biting the chicks vents (tender flesh) the bugs are a little bigger than a pin head and look like mini crickits. and are white/tan with black dots so i guess my broody is infested with fleas? (from not 'bathing' for a month). she hasn't had a dust bath in a long time and wont leave the nest yet. her nest and brooding area are in a chicken tractor on the lawn so dirt is not an option yet, and its been raining everything is mudd. so what should i do? chicks do not dust bath for a week or more. i do have that dusting powder. but would it be safe for the chicks? would the flea and tick drops for cats or dogs be a safe alternative and be useful on chickens? i cant give the chicks a bath......... the hen maybe in a dog flea bath. but if all 3 are infested and any more chicks are infested what do i do?