Sorry if this has been posted a billion times already, but I couldn't find it in the time I had for a search today (spent yesterday researching pests) - Yesterday we discovered some of our adult chickens have lice or mites, with egg clusters galore and tiny white crawlies. I also spotted a black bug or two, the size of a sesame seed......and a few larger mystery black bugs on walls, which I'll post separately when I get a moment. We did the exhaustive coop clean & DE, and only had time before dark to dust the chickens with a farm animal product with permethrin. Burned their chip bedding. Today or tomorrow we have to shampoo the worst of the chickens, maybe 3 o 4, with a dog flea shampoo. How do we remove the egg clusters and scrub the affected area without breaking or damaging the feathers, esp on our BO? Do the chickens just air dry out in the yard? To complicate things, a frost is expected tonight, and my helper doesn't get out of work until later afternoon at the earliest...any suggestions? We're hoping that preventive dusting with DE will be good to protect our 8wk old chicks, in the other half of the coop - no signs of bugs on them so far.