I was just on line reading some of others problems and questions. Read one that says we need to de-worm our chickens? We have three - 2 buff polish and 1 NH red. The man at the hardware store said we need the dusting powder and I put it on them just there backs, he said just sprinkle it on and it will go in - is this correct? And when I clean the coop and run I sprinkle some then, about 3-4 times a week. Gosh I feel silly getting these beautiful animals and not knowing how to care for them. Please we are new at this - what do I buy to de-worm a chicken? We are just getting through the problems of clipping ones wings (she can fly). These chickens are my daughters pets and you would not believe how much she loves these guys and holds them for hours daily. they climb in her lap and take naps, one even puts her head on her shoulder and sleeps. Crazyest thing I have ever seen. Some question 1. What is molting? and why just before winter? how often with they do this? 2. how do you de-worm? 3. how do we get rid of all the FLYs - I clean this thing every other day and i mean clean 4. mites how often do I put the powder on them and in the coop. 5. What other things are important for bugs and health do they need, other then good food and water, they have all the love they could ever want (some times tooooo much) 9 year old girl thinks they are her babies.