Okay So keep in mind that I am not a homeowner or a monetarily invested party as far as the chickens are concerned. The time I've put into them is..well incalculable with my memory but I assure you it's a lot. Anyway my point is that their run is too small but I didn't build it, and can't control it, and frankly I'm not interested in any related whining, especially given that you don't know me or my situation or my chickens! Ah yes..right.. so..Onward to my dilemma. They have a 6'x14' run, not including the square footage of the raised wooden coop, and a 2'x4' "deck" that the non-silkies can jump to, as well as 3+ roosting poles in the run so that they can be relaxed divalicious football babies. I use pine shavings changed 2x/month That said I sauntered inside last week from sitting in the run with the chickles as always, (13 babes, 11 of which are about 1 yr old and the other two are 6-7 mo. old silkies) still sporting my "just visited my babes and fed them yummy oats" glow but soon realized that I was super itchy and creepy crawly and found a tiny rust colored insect crawling on the collar of my shirt as I was stripping to shower. I later noticed tiny itchy sores on my exposed areas (collarbone, backside of my neck, around the waistband of my jeans, and the tops of my hands) and honestly I am so scared that everything itches at this point Today I was sitting with them again, and they were grooming themselves and preening and scratching their ears above me periodically and dust bathing as they will do and I well when I looked closely at the shavings and dirt and feed on the bottom of the run the finer sediment underneath the big stuff on top was crawly and awful and for a young whippersnapper my vision is terrible and I couldn't get my eyes to focus on it long enough but I saw tiny super fast rust colored bugs, and fat white things that wiggled and were about as long as a stack of 4 quarters is tall. I looked at red mites and honestly they don't really look like that I also saw kind of different sandy colored bugs I am still itchy and really really scared that I've infested the house. I'm allergic to pretty much everything under (and including) the sun so I'm not sure if I'm just itchy because of that, or because of chicken crud, or because of ectoparasites, or what :'( I have two indoor cats (yes I am allergic to those, too ) but anyway I don't want them to get anything from me. Halp.. I can't really find images that resemble them closely enough. I live in the pacific southwest region of the US if that helps the ID process... My chickens look..well I thought they were molting but now I'm nervous. My EE's lost their beards and ear tufts a month or two ago, and they're growing back in, but they're still losing leg and breast feathers, and my buff orpingtons are notably less downy as of late. PLUS one of my easter eggers was pulling feathers out of my cochin's neck, and my cochin and Macy ate all of them, which I thought was a protein thing but I already give them plenty, and they get grass and alfalfa and time to free range so.. :< I don't know thoughts?