Hi All I'm new to the forum and the world of chickens. I live out in the woods on 10 acres but I don't really have many neighbors just lots of woods. My yard is probably 2 acres cleared and up behind me are a couple big fields. The ticks are just relentless here. My poor dog has 10-15 on him whenever he goes out even with advantage 2 on him.
I've been considering guineas but worry a bit about the noise level with them as I sleep days, (work third shift), what other breeds are really good at eating ticks? I've been researching the net and there seems to be a wide array of opinion on this. I'd also enjoy fresh eggs but that's a secondary thought. I'm more interested in pest control. Ideally I'd like a breed that is good at going free range but roosts well at night and who's at least somewhat intelligent at avoiding predators.
What breeds do you guys recomend and why? Also how big of a flock do you suggest for that breed?
Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jeff