Or at least I think they are mites.... They are almost microscopic little critters that seem to really like to live in my laying mash. I don't mean 1 or 2, I'm talking BILLIONS. I am NOT exaggerating this. BILLIONS! I went to check my girls food because they are broody and don't eat too much anyway. and the whole bottom of the feeder was perfectly smooth. Usually it has holes and mounds where they were pecking at the food. This time it was flat all the way round. Very unusual. I stuck my finger and made a dent and it filled itself back up again!. I took a little sample to my microscope and sure enough MITES. Again, they don't seem to like anywhere but the food??? Now.... 1. How do I kill them without killing my two silkies?????!?!?!?! 2. Do you think they are on my girls??!?!?! 3. Will DE help???