As we prepare and learn all we can before we get our first flock in the spring, I have a few questions to toss at y'all about lice and mites. Exactly how common are they? Are they inevitable? What preventative measures do you take and can we take? Are there any treatments/medicines we should keep on hand just in case? If we get our chicks from a hatchery are we likely to get a nice case of mites or lice at no extra cost? Can they be spread to other pets? We have cats and dogs and mice and fish (I know- the fish would be a long shot..) We also have a whole zoo of free ranging beasties in our neighborhood including squirrels, possums, skunks and raccoons and tons of wild birds- would these guys likely be carrying any creepy crawlies? Thanks in advance for your insight and help! I've learned so much already here and I'm so glad I found y'all months before we start this journey with new babies!