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Are some breeds more susceptible to fleas and mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Goozelle, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Goozelle

    Goozelle New Egg

    May 21, 2008
    I have a Light Sussex which is always getting mites yet the others in the flock (Maran, Black Rock etc.) do not get them at all - are some breeds more susceptible to fleas and mites?
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I would say it is that some individuals are more susceptible, not some breeds.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Plus, some chickens dust bathe more than others. That makes a big difference, too. Broodies and roosters don't always dust bathe as much as the rest of the flock and can have problems even when the other chickens don't.

    Usually all my chickens dust bathe more during mite season, but in some flocks, I guess it could be possible you could have one that doesn't. Dust bathing is something that is instinctual and also a learned behavior. Some chickens have stronger instincts than others. I see my chickens get better at attending to their dust bathing needs as they mature.
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Mine dust bathe more when it's warmer than they do when it's cold.
    Can chickens get fleas?

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