Hello Everyone! So my little family is new to this whole backyard chicken adventure. We got 4 mature hens in March and four 6 week old chicks in April. Well our very sweet Australope just stopped laying eggs and would only lay in the dirt. She stopped hanging with all the hens and I thought for sure she was going to pass. Well I went to gather the rest of the eggs and got a ton of little bugs on my hand. After further inspection there were thousand of little mites. I have dusted the birds with DE and sprayed the coop 4 times with bleach and insecticide. They just won't go away! I won't even let my kids go in the backyard to play because in scared they will get in the house. I'm so grossed out by these things I'm almost ready to do away with the chickens altogether. Can anyone offer any advice? Also because I finally gave in and used chemicals the chickens have not been in the coop, therefore not laying eggs. Has anyone experienced this where their chickens didn't lay for a week or so then resumed once the bugs were gone? I'm desperate cause just the thought of these gross little things and I start to itch. Thank you!