We brought our first flock home the other day, although I had read a book on chickens before we got them, we didn't really know what we were doing. We just went to the agricultural shop and asked for 4 chickens. Anyway, we noticed yesterday that they had small bugs on them- we googled it and found out they were lice so I bathed the chickens and powdered them with Pestene powder and added it to the coop and bedding as well. I had noticed when we got them home that 3 out of the 4 chickens had pale combs but as I haven't been around chickens before, I didn't know what was considered a problem and what isn't. I'm assuming that they are anemic from the lice. Yesterday I also fed them some scrambled eggs and today I am thinking of cooking them up some mince. Unfortunately, they don't like the spinach (or any greens) which we offered them. They also get chick feed and layer feed. Also, the bread that we eat is iron fortified so I was wondering if I soak this in some water and feed it to them would that help the anemia as well? The other thing is, I have some pentivite with iron (a baby supplement). If I were to add a few drops of this to their food, would that help or would I be more likely to overdose them on the iron? I was reading that wood ash is good too and as my husband does blacksmithing as a hobby, I've asked him to put his ash in the bottom of the coop. Is this the right thing to do? What else should I be doing?