Eww! My chicken’s feathers are dirty in the back. These feathers are broken, but it’s not time for a molt. What’s this thing crawling around in her feathers? Why aren’t my chickens laying; it’s spring! Are chicken’s legs supposed to be so scaly? Is it normal for chickens to peck at themselves? Are these red things crawling around on the roost chicken mites?
If you’ve ever had any of the above thoughts chances are, your chickens have parasites. Gross! Right? Once you realize your have a problem, the best thing you can do is treat it promptly and ruthlessly. Not only are parasites just, eww, they can cause serious problems or even death in your flock.