I was just in the chicken house, and upon inspecting a hen's crop, I noticed some creepy crawlies! There were some tiny, and I mean TINY, little black bugs crawling around, and also some tan bugs that remind me of fleas. I only noticed them on the older Red Star hens... not the younger ones or my roo. I have never had any kind of problem like this! I'm sure it's just in my mind, but I'm all itchy right now and completely grossed out. I got some DE out and dusted the hens I could catch, and I will go back out tonight to get the ones I missed. I also dusted the coop. So I have some questions... 1. Is this something that humans can contract? Should I be doing anything inside the house? I took my clothes off and into the washing machine on hot they went... 2. Is DE going to be enough to kill these creepy crawlies, or should I be doing something different? 3. It's cold here. Can I give the chickens a bath safely? How do I bathe a chicken? 4. Are they picking up these critters when they are grazing in the grass? 5. Why do only some of my hens have them and other don't? I understand that bugs are everywhere, I just can't stand the thought of it! I just got done treating my dog for fleas too. Yuck!