So I have been battling a severe case of what I believe to be lice with my banty hen. I have treated her first with Poultry Protector and did not get the rapid response that I wanted with that so I moved to dog flea spray. I have been picking dead lice off of her every day. She has numerous problems working against her, To start she has been broody for a month now so is not dustbathing regularly, in hindsight I am not sure if it is because she doesnt feel well to begin with, also she has a broken tip on upper beak so subsequently cannot pick bugs off of hersel f. I have only started to handle her since she has been broody and only at first to get her down to eat meals and drink and poop. So consequently , and i feel awful for this, I have no idea how long she has been a lice farm, but suspect it has been a while. She has stopped laying altogether, and when I turned her over I figured out why.At first I thought she had pasty butt,and I was trying to figure out how an adult hen gets pasty butt, when I looked closer I realized it was the biggest cluster of nits I had ever seen. Took two days and a lot of vaseline and neosporin to remove but bless her little bitty chicken heart she is a trooper and I will never stop trying to win this battle. I am desperatly trying to help her. The vet wanted $70 just to look at her and couldn't give me any advice over the phone. Thank you to everyone at this forum because without your encouragement, and advice I would have never known what to do for this poor bird, who incidentally I have named Begawky. She is just the sweetest animal I have ever had the joy of knowing and look forward to many more years with her.