One of my four year old Red Sex Links started acting, well, old last week. I figured it was just her time so I brought her into the basement, made her comfortable in our infirmary and prepared for the worst. A week later she's still hanging on. Eating and drinking but with very watery stool. I started looking for a reason. I know it's not egg bound - she hasn't laid an egg in years. I put on gloves and started feeling her for lumps. I pulled my hands away and one tiny reddish brown bug was on my glove. Hmmm, Mites? I checked her over for about 20 minutes and found one, tiny little mite crawling around her tail feathers. Where there's one, there's more. She had matted yuckiness on her bottom so I figured a bath was in order. I have NOTHING to treat mites and live far from any place that does so I gave her a simple soapy water bath. When I dried her off, three dead mites were on the towel. I put her back in the infirmary with a heat lamp on her and went upstairs to get her some food. When I came back down, a dozen mites laid dead on the newspaper. Can simple soapy water kill mites? Or are these not mites but something else?