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Tic on chick??

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have 7 chicks that I have in a brooder in my bathroom. I had 5 for about a week and then added 2 bantam Cochins 3 days ago. After adding the 2 new ones I noticed a small black spec floating in the water. Then today I noticed something above the eye on one of my Cochins. When I looked under a microscope it looks almost like 2 small tics. They were attached to the skin. I'm not very versed on bugs that chickens get so not sure if mites/lice would bury in like this?? And what do I do to treat? I checked my other chicks and did not find anything.
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Looks like a tick to me. I am surprised the chick's did not eat it, I suppose they must have been to young.
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Originally Posted by OrganicFarmWife View Post

Looks like a tick to me. I am surprised the chick's did not eat it, I suppose they must have been to young.

One of the others was pecking at his head. I guess he was trying to get it.
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Yes he probably was. Also they are attracted and peck at anything red. This is why you often need to seperate any bird with a wound from the others. The others will peck at the wound and not allow it to heal.
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