We have 2 buff orpingtons in our backyard. They are 8 months old. They have a 4 x 20 foot run, and some days we move them around in a tractor. Their coop is 4 x 4 (the inside part) and I clean out their poop from their inside coop about every 2nd or 3rd day. For the past few weeks I have notice spherical translucent white balls about the size of a poppy seed clinging to the surface of their poop. Some days I only see a few of these, some days I see alot (a dozen on a large poop). Is that parasite eggs? I've bought some Diatemacious Earth (sp?) and am mixing about a teaspoon full into some warm oatmeal each morning, which they share - been doign that for a few days. How long before I should see the eggs go away? Also, I used to throw their poop and shavings into my garden, but I am afraid to now. I've been collecting it in plastic bags and throwing it in the garbage. I don't want to have any parasites on our lettuce come spring! But I'm bummed - I want to use the chicken poop on the garden. when can I be sure it is safe? Thanks for your help!