Hi all, this is from my prior post about my hens droopy comb. Upon closer inspection, I see little, tiny, blackish/brownish spots all over their feathers in the tail area and down the feathers. All my chickens itch quite a bit. Me included sometimes and my dog was recently treated for fleas with frontline. Do you think this is flea poop that they have on them or are they mites? I do not see mites on their vent area, that looks clean. Can mites bite me as well as them? What might be going on here? I have to tell ya, this chicken thing wasn't as easy as I thought! One of my birdies has been laying her eggs under the coop so yesterday we buttoned up the area so they don't get under there. I did one side and now I find the same hen has found her way under it from the other side (pretty clever as it's a huge coop) and she's under it just now trying to get out by poking her head through the lattice again and again. They are driving me crazy right now with all the added stress and worry! Did I mention that we are also having a problem with rats? We now have rat poison out in the little black bait boxes and those are hidden under the coop to where I thought the chickens couldn't gain access. I was told again and again by the exterminator that the chickens cannot get their heads into the hole and around to the bait stations but now that's a constant worry too. But having rats isn't an option either. I'm getting tired!