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Do chickens eat ticks?

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ticks have been bad here the last few years in central Texas.  I hear guinea's eat lots of ticks, but
too noisy for my taste.  Wondering if a few chicks for eggs will also eat ticks around the grounds?

post #2 of 8

Muscovy Ducks are VERY known for their eating the bugs and ticks - my chickens do eat bugs - not sure on the ticks tho

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post #3 of 8

Yes they love ticks.

post #4 of 8

yes, my old neighbors used to keep lots of free ranged chickens to keep the ticks off of their other animals (goats, horses, dogs, etc). It worked pretty well I'd say.

I used to get ticks every time I went to my inlaws place, but after moving a PEN of chickens out there I have hardly seen a tick since! Even though they are penned, they still have put a dent in the tick population.

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post #5 of 8

guineas are the worlds BEST tick eating machines, bar none!!!

post #6 of 8

Yeah I Think Chickens Would Eat Just About Any Thing That Moved!

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post #7 of 8

I had a very bad tick problem before I got chickens, had to pick them off the dogs every single day, even had them crawling in the house up walls.  Now, I havent seen a tick in 3 years.

post #8 of 8

Chickens do eat them but if you can get use to the guineas, they are better bug eaters.  They even keep all the snakes away.  I had so many problems with copper heads before I had guineas but now I never see one in the yard or flower beds.

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