ok so first thing today i went and checked my flock for lice and mites! i read this horrible thread and then several others about peoples chickens dying from lice and mites and almost with out warning. it totally freaked me out and whether mine had it or not they were getting treated. so first i checked the banties, theyre new and havent been exposed to anybody else, theyre by theirselves....then redsexlinks, theyre new but have been with my rhode island reds, and then my rir rooster who has been with everyone but the banties (new also). Well guess what, lil mr roo roo has lice AND mites. which completely explains his dull feathers and broken and lack of as many feathers. i always thought he looked slightly malnurished......part of all this is his age too...hes only 3mos old. anywho i bought him from a lady who bought him from an auction....and i already know all the critisism im going to get for not quarantining him and the others longer and for getting a bird from someone who buys them at auctions and rehomes them (she does this to keep them from going to the broiler and quarantines them for a while first and then usually sells them to 4H kids.) i know, i know, i know!!!! i learned my lesson believe me...hes (was----next part of my story) in quarantine. the others are all being treated, although they checked out ok, they've been exposed. i officially have 2 quarantine places. i dont think the lice were bad and i think i saw one mite....could be mistaken. i rushed outta there in a hurry and went straight to tractor supply and got some powdery stuff for "poultry, gardens, dogs, etc." it was the only one that said it treats for lice AND mites! hope it works...all my chickens are white powder balls now....i hope they dont ingest it, it had a strong smell.....so anywho...i put mr. roo roo in a separate pen while i went to tractor supply. i knew hed probably excape from the pen because i didnt shut the top door, but i figured "hey, why not give it a shot for a minute" Not like it really matters, the damage is already done and i was gonna be back in 20minutes. anywho i got back and figured id check and see if he might still be there and a stray cat (never seen it before) jumps out of the coop and mr roo is no where to be found. i figured when he got out he would go back to his hens. well, it was dark and hes not where i left him or roosting with his hens and there was a cat. did not see a carcass and im sure hes fine. ill check back in the morning and give you an update. but at least if the cat ate him it might get lice/mites!!! all well......worst part is i hadnt gotten to treat him yet. all wells.....he wasnt that pretty yet anyways just kidding he'll probably show up in the morning, im not worried....plus i nicknamed him roadrunner cuz hes the fastest darn thing ive seen in my life....could out run a kitty cat easy! but bottom line, everyone else got treated, even tho no one else had anything at all that i could see, but it was coming if something didnt happen.....i also put it in all their bedding and dirt so they can take dustbaths in it.....some of them were roosting so i just kinda threw it at them, i will shake them out tomorrow and make sure i get it to the roots and on their skin. if you think im overdoing it by doing it again tomorrow please let me know soon. they are all in quarantine now, except for that idiot who went and got himself lost!