I don't know what they are at all. I was giving one of our birds a once over. She is scrawny compared to the rest and frequently picked on. Her comb/wattle got beat up by another hen a while back and I was checking how it is healing when I noticed in a tiny, I mean barely visible little translucent worm crawling on her beak. I pulled it off and DH and I both surmised that it must have crawled out her nostril....we think, we don't know for sure. I immediately freaked and started checking the rest of the flock. Yup a couple others had the little worm things right by their nostrils. Very very tiny little translucent worm things. They are unlike any worms that I have googled/read about. I checked all the chicken poop I could and there is no evidence of any worms in any of it. The rest of the hens besides the one scrawny one (who is very skinny, her keel is very very well defined for a bird her age) are all very plump and healthy. Bright eyed, combs and wattles are nice and bright, their poops look good, they are all energetic and eating and laying nearly every day even with the much shorter days... So what the heck is going on here. I just can't figure it out. we planned slaughtering them all this weekend anyway for freezer camp and now I am bumming hard that we might not be able to eat them. We are moving in the spring and we aren't keeping them over the winter no matter what. Their coop isn't really suitable for winter around here and I don't feel comfortable giving them away now with this worm issue. Any suggestions on what might be going on here. I want to buy a wormer but don't know if it will do anything at all.