Ok, so first a bit of background. I only have one chicken, a rooster. He came to us by accident. My brother sent him home to my mom as a joke, because she said she wanted "fresh chicken". Well, when he arrived, she thought he was just "too pretty" to eat. So, being the good daughter, I built a box and bought an old dog run to keep him in so mom's "pretty chicken" wouldn't end up on the dinner plate. I didn't want this chicken... at first. Now that we've had him for almost a year, I couldn't imagine NOT having him. He's like a dog, he follows me around, comes when called, and even sits on my lap on the swing, or in the car if the door is open. Here's a pic: Anyways, I had noticed him preening alot latley, so I went to the feed store and bought some poultry protector. Knowing my mom feeds wild birds and my chicken eats among the birds ( he is free-range from dawn till dusk) I figured he had some kind of mites, carried by the birds. So I sprayed him down, cleaned his box, and he seemed fine. Until today. I was sitting with him on the swing and I just happened to get a wild hare and was checking his feather. All seemed fine 'till I looked around his vent. His skin was beet red and there were little white (I think, I kinda freaked out) bugs, lots of them, crawling around. I took these pictures after I soaked him with poultry protector. He has been standing on the dog house preening ever since I soaked him. He has since pulled out the rump feathers, but as far as I can tell the bugs have not moved to any other place on his body, as I soaked him all over, not just his rump. Now I am afraid I went overboard with the poultry protector, as I drenched him, but I panicked! He seems dry now, and he's crowing and ate and seems happy, but I hope I didn't poison him accidentaly. Also, what powder do you reccomend to sprinkle on his bedding? And please, no lectures on how it's better to have more than one chicken.. I know this. But I need a place to live and am not allowed any more chickens! Thanks ahead of time for your help, I'm trying to be a good chicken mom!