Hi everyone, My husband and I just became chickens owners this past Saturday. The two chickens are incredibly friendly and sweet. I was holding one of the chickens when I noticed that there were very tiny black bugs crawling on my arm after I put her down. Both of the chickens have not been too interested in the dust bath area since they've arrived (tubberware with sand and DE) and seem to be preening quite often. One of the chickens has been picking off part of her tail feathers. Immediately after noticing the bugs I rubbed the sand/DE on the girls. They seemed to not hate it, which is good. Do you think that these critters could be mites or another infestation? If so, what should we do? Are mites a normal occurrence on chickens or is it something we have to take action against as soon as possible? We are currently doing the deep litter method and moving the coop every few days on the grass so what would you suggest we do for cleaning the coop and clearing these critters off the chickens? This was one of my worst fears and I definitely didn't think it would happen so early. I would appreciate ANY help. I don't want our girls to be uncomfortable dealing with these critters. Thank you all SO much!