Well, this isn't exactly an emergency, and I've started treatment, but I'd like to know what I'm dealing with here. I had a silkie get lethargic and weak about a week ago, and I brought her in and with warmth and food and water with vitamins she perked back up. I thought, because she was still young, it was that she was bullied away from the food or something. Today I found a second silkie laying in the yard flailing in the leaves and I picked her up and she was COVERED in bugs. I don't know how I missed this because I handle them regularly. I don't have much hope for this one, but she's holding on and I'm doing what I can. Gave her vitamins, dusted with Sevin, wormed with Eprinex for good measure. I'm gonna go out and do the rest of the flock once they're settled down for the night. I already cleaned out and dusted the coop. What I want to know is what I'm dealing with here. They look like lice, but they don't seem to be eating feathers and they're not around the vent at all. This silkie has eggs at the base of her feathers under her chin and all around her neck. They're brownish and really look like lice, but they're not acting like I would expect feather lice to. Does anyone know what I have going on here? I could probably get some pictures of the bugs and eggs on the silkie if that would help anyone. The poor thing was covered in them. After I dusted her they were rushing to the ends of her feathers and dying and it was just not good. I feel so bad for missing this and letting it happen.