hi everyone. i am an american from South Carolina who moved to Italy with my italian husband. we inherited a little farm here and i stumbled upon this website in search of answers to problems ive been having with the chickens. some seem to have growths on them on thier neck (two of them do) and the rest have these teeny little spiders all over them and the eggs do too. some chickens lost some of their feathers. these are laying hens that were here when we took over and they dont lay very many eggs either. i am glad i came across this site. i was reading about DE and how wonderful it is. does it work on ticks too. we have guard dogs and the ticks are beyond horrible here. i mean really bad. they are covered. the vet gives them a shot and the ticks fall off but they are right back in a few weeks. and the ticks are strange looking not like the ones in the US. where on earth do i get my hands on it here in southern italy south of naples? any help will be appreciated!!! thanks a bunch!!