I posted this morning about noticing what I thought were 2 lice bugs on my 7 week old silkie. I noticed those about 4 days ago but when I looked for some tonight I couldn't find a single one...or any trace of them. I checked all 4 birds thoroughly; vents, wings, necks, etc....everywhere. I didn't notice any bugs or anything that would resemble eggs...I even looked for lice 'dirt' (poop), incase that would be some kind of clue. I found nothing. They all did leave behind whitish flakes, like they had dry skin. I examined the flakes closely though and really think that it is indeed just dry skin flakes or something. Can the birds get rid of the lice by taking dust baths in the yard? Can they eat them???? Maybe what I saw wasn't even a louse? Everything I've read said they are fast moving, but these seemed to be attached at the base of the feather, right at the skin. I picked on up and squished it between my fingernails. The other one I tried but the chick was squirming. They were kind of pinkish/tan, slightly larger than a dog/cat flea. I thought it was the shape of a louse, but I've never seen one in real life (chicken or human). Can someone give me any insight as to what it was if it wasn't lice? Aren't mites very small? I remember picking up a bird nest when I was a kid and having mites run up my arm...hundreds!! And I remember they were tiny. Definitely not what I saw.