Hi, yesterday was one of those bad days, the type when you realise not everything is going to plan in the coop. Whilst I was butchering two young males for a bbq I noticed insects crawling on the skin. On closer inspection and having checked on the net, I believe that they were lice. When I had finished butchering, I went out to the coop - mine are actually free range - and watched them for a bit. Sure enough, they were all busy preening and picking at their feathers. I grapped a load of diatomaceous earth and inspected each one before rubbing some of the earth into their feathers, especially around the vent and tail. All of them were carrying lice, some more than others. To the question - are birds with lice still edible? If the diatomaceous doesn't work - not sure if it will kill the eggs and the lice - what are my options, perhaps a malathion bath? Not sure what is available here in Italy. Perhaps permethrin - I would like to keep things organic and if not low toxic. I read here on this site http://groups.msn.com/chickenchronicles/poultrylice.msnw that individual birds can be effectively treated for lice using liquid soap (like Ivory) and water. Any success in doing so? Thanks for any suggestions.