I am new to all this so am still learning. But I need help!! I got a new chicken (a silkie) to add to my little family of four chickens. She was stinky and had a strange eye problem - so before quarantine - I gave her a bath. As I was drying her I noticed a few whitish tanish bugs about the size of a ball point pen dot running around on her head skin. (skin I could see easily since she was wet) Totally grossed me out and now I am going to get to the store to buy lice or flea or mite powder or drops or shampoo. Something. I am still trying to decide which is the safest (I have two toddlers that enjoy the chickens) and the least expensive. So far I am kind of lost. But, I thought to myself - at least my other 4 -- seven month old chickens are good. I even went outside and checked their necks and head (since that's where I saw the bugs on the silkie) Much harder to check a dry chicken. Anyway, I saw no bugs on the others. Went on with life. Then I kept reading posts and today decided to check the vent areas of the other girls. LOW AND BEHOLD - at least two of them have little clumps of the same looking bugs (whitish, tanish small - but big enough to see clearly) bunched up around the vent. I stopped checking because I was grossed out and came in and changed clothes and took a shower. AHHHHHH. What are they? How did they get there? I have had these chickens since they were day old with not a bug on them. I have used DE in the dust baths, bedding, nest boxes, food - since day one. Prevention my butt!!! AHHHHH. What do I do now? What are they? WHY? Is it just inevitable? I keep reading posts that people say "I have used DE and never had a mite or lice porblem" or "I keep a clean coop and have never had mites or lice." But, I would have said the same thing had I not went outside and painstakinly separated butt fluffy feathers to look at the vent. So, I am wondering if the people who say they have never had them really know? Maybe they have never looked. But, since they can't see bugs on the bird - they think they are good. That's what I thought. Plus I am using DE. I really don't know what to do now. I am so grossed out. Any advice would be appreciated.