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Is this a turkey tick? IMAGES

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/34091_dsc_0392.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/34091_tick.jpg

There are 5 or 6 of these located on the heads of 2 out of my 6 turkeys.  I have not searched the rest of their bodies yet.  They are attached to the skin like a tick but so tiny compared to wood ticks.  What are they and what do I do?

I am posting this in Emergencies, Diseases and Cures too, incase it is not specific to turkeys. 

Thanks

Several mixed breeds as well as purebred barred rock, rhode island red and amerucana.  I am a hobby chicken farmer and an avid gardener with a small gardening business including produce csa and restaurant supply.  Besides that, I am a Master Gardener student and a full time optician/contact lens fitter with a 1 hour commute each way.  Husband helps take care of the chickens!
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Several mixed breeds as well as purebred barred rock, rhode island red and amerucana.  I am a hobby chicken farmer and an avid gardener with a small gardening business including produce csa and restaurant supply.  Besides that, I am a Master Gardener student and a full time optician/contact lens fitter with a 1 hour commute each way.  Husband helps take care of the chickens!
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post #2 of 9

Probably larvae of some species - right time of year (larvae/nymphs feed on some species - then the adults prefer others).

The tick handbook: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/resources/handbook.pdf

post #3 of 9

Hard to say for sure. Pictures aren't the best but yea I would say it was a tick. Looks like it's nice and full too.

post #4 of 9

If you guys have deer ticks there, they are really tiny, about as big as a poppy seed.  If you just have wood ticks, they go through a few stages as they grow and start out on critters like mice.

post #5 of 9

Hard to say but that's really tiny. I don't recal seeing a tick that small before.

post #6 of 9

maybe a turkey tick you should get them off.

post #7 of 9

From link in previous post: (ex. Deer Tick)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/262_tickmanualgr.jpg


Probably immature form of one species or another.

post #8 of 9

Deer ticks are really tiny, some as small as a poppy seed.  You have to use a magnifying glass to see that they are actually ticks.

post #9 of 9

Good photos of sizes through life cycle (and more links):  http://www.oes.org/html/how_2_identify_different_ticks.html

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