I'm new to taking care of chickens! Yesterday I was holding one (6 months old) for only about 1 minute, and when I put her down there was a cluster of about 20 light brown bugs on the sleeve of my jacket. After I stopped screaming, and the heebie-jeebies subsided, I went out and purchased Poultry Dust (Permethrin) for Mites and Lice. Since I've never done anything like this I'm wondering if there are any tips on the best way to apply the powder. I read in another forum that some people use "powder puffs" made of nylons, or to put the hen in a bag with her head sticking out and shake?! Seems a little messy for me.. If I have 4 hens, and only one appears to have the lice, I should probably still apply it to the others, and since I'm going to powder near the vent, I assume that I should throw away any eggs laid over the next couple days? I dont know!! I also was thinking I would rake and get rid of all the straw in the covered section of the coop, and start with new. Any of these ideas justified? Any suggestions for a rookie would be sincerely appreciated. Thanks!