When my chickens began to molt for the first time, I was convinced they had a severe mite infestation. I probably wouldn't have been so confused had they not started molting too early, but for whatever reason, they were triggered before it was really time. I treated their "mites" religiously until I finally found a vet to come out who explained they were just molting and I should discontinue treatment. Not my brightest moment! That's one of my gaffes, now let's hear some of yours.