My chickens have mites!! I collected eggs last night and they were crawling with teensy little specks, which assume are mites. How do I get rid of them? I'm planning on pressure washing the coop and all nest boxes, but what do I do to the chickens? I'd rather not lose eggs due to pesticide use, but I'd rather go with that than have the mites survive any "natural" treatment. I've already tried putting DE in the boxes, but it doesn't help. And how common are mites? I don't remember our chickens having htem when I was a kid, but now mine do. I've got about 35 birds. What causes them? Are they just something that comes with having chickens? I'd appreciate any advice y'all have! I hate feeling itchy!!!