So, today hubby and I spent the entire morning, cleaning out the chicken coop, after finding out yesterday that our 7 chickens have lice/mites. We cleaned with hot water and peppermint soap (put some tea-tree oil in it, for good measure), then dried it and applied poultry insecticide. We caught all 7 chickens, dusted them with poultry dust around vents and under wings. Each one of them has pea-size, light-grey cotton-y looking balls at the base of the feathers around her vent (I guess these are the nits, or lice eggs. Yuck!!!). We tried removing them, but they are hard as rocks, and we ended up pulling out a few feathers along with them (NOT a recommended procedure, according to my chickens!). It is too cold to bathe them right now, and so my question is, how will they come off? Will they fall off, as the lice and their offspring are killed? I plan to dust the flock again in 2-3 weeks, to take care of any stragglers/newly arriving lice. What do I do about the nits???