We have 2 hens that we got not long ago that are still separated from the others. One of them has really taken up with me and hubby and my son. I mean, she gets right up against us, gets on our shoulder and such. The other one won't even let me pet her. Well, one of the hens, while I was petting her yesterday, I happened to part a few feathers because they're really looking bad..not sure if she's been molting I've read about on here or what. Well, I happen to see a few little teeny tiny tannish, goldish colored bugs crawling. I parted a few more feathers and didn't see any. Then, parted some in various places and saw some more...not a whole lot though. We're still new to chickens, so I wasn't sure what this was. I was trying to locate her vent area among all the feathers and fluff and didn't really notice any of the bugs. I never found any egg mass at the base of any feathers. All I have on hand is DE, so I dusted her with that the best I could. But, what does this sound like...lice, mites or what? What treatment should I use? I've read about Ivermectin on here, Adams Flea & Tick spray, Sevin dust, DE, etc. Which do I use and how do I apply it? I wasn't even sure how to put the DE on her but I put it in a stocking and patted it around on her and ruffled her feathers a little bit to help work it in the best I could. Today when I looked at her, though, even though I saw much less bugs, I still saw a couple. I mean, literally, I parted feathers in several areas and I saw probably 4 or 5 of the little bugs. So, not sure if the DE helped or if the little bugs were just in different areas. Edited to add: This hen has not been laying which i know lice and mites can affect egg laying. Also, of all the feathers she has, it's as if she has no feathers at all on her abdomen....I mean, it's not bare, it's like all of her other feathers are folded over it to protect it but still no actual feathers base and all on her abdomen.