Trying again to see if anyone has had tiny whitish mites on chickens, they don't seem to bite but there are a ton. I had grain/mold mites infestation with their feed about a month ago, and only now I noticed mites feasting inside the chickens feathers. Some are stuck along the barbs of feathers and some crawling around their vents and skin in general. They are not red and they don't look like they are causing any harm to the chickens but I am slightly allergic to the mite dust. What could they possibly be if they are living on the chickens and are not red or brown? I saw the description of Northern Fowl Mites and pictures and what I have don't seem to be the same. All the birds have normal skin and feathers. Actually I'd say their feathers look very shiny and perfectly healthy. They must have had them for a while though because they are really infested. I dusted them with DE but I'm afraid it's causing them respiratory harm, and it didn't really work, the mites are still in the feathers, though they seem to be moving away from the skin where there is heavy DE application. Does anyone have experience with topical Ivermectin? Can I give them as preventive measure like I do on my dogs? These are pet birds, mostly roosters so I don't have to worry about egg withdrawal. I try to keep things as natural as possible but if Ivermectin is the best solution I'd do it. But if the mites are not the type that suck blood, would Ivermectin still work??? The mites are incredibly tiny, like size of house dust mites, definitely way less than 1 mm.