Chickens and ticks in Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by zalsaphor, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. zalsaphor

    zalsaphor Hatching

    Dec 27, 2013
    Townsville Australia
    Hello, I am relatively new to forum boards but was hoping that if anyone else looked up tick control naturally could read this post. I have two dogs that I love very much. I live in the tropics of Australia and presumably a very similar climate to Florida and various parts of California. My neighbours dog dug a hole and went to my yard. It was then like a scene from an apocalypse movie tick after tick just came up. I picked a few off and didn't think too much about it. I went on a road trip and had a friend feed them. When I came back my puppy had 83 parasites on her. And 53 on my kelpie. I tried advocates but it did nothing then went to the pet supply store to get the strong stuff but they were sold out three separate shops were because of the epidemic that the city was facing. A man told me that you have to treat your yard or you'll never get rid of them. So I gave my dogs garlic bathed them in the homemade vinegar baths and even to my own disgust gave them chemical baths. Nothing worked and it almost seemed as if there were more. I read on this website that guinea fowl are great but I rent and live in the city. I thought a chicken coop would be cheaper than a vet bill and after extensive research on that's Lyme disease and the fact my children play in my yard I would be an idiot not to do it. Two weeks and six chickens later I have picked ten ticks off both dogs in the past two days. I put their feed where the dogs lay during the day and their dig sites. They are still not laying yet but I have to say they are a wonderful addition to our family. They are really just medicinal to watch and two of them have dog complexes and sleep with the dogs and even come sit on our laps. So for any fellow researchers out there 6 point of lay chickens spending three days in a coop took a 800m square block of 50 to 80 ticks a day per dog down to 4 a day without chemicals. They attack where the animal sleeps and destroy it. You can see chicken markings all over my dogs relaxation spots and my kelpie is happy to round them all up for me at nighttime. 90 bucks for six chickens when they start laying that's three dozen free range eggs a week. They literally pay for themselves in six weeks free fertilizer and are honestly beautiful pets. You figure monthly tick treatment is 50 a month and works debatabley or you can add life and sustainability to your life and get better results that have much more positive benefits. Even from a un humanistic point of view the average household eats two dozen eggs per week. Plus tick control for just your pet is 90 a month or 1800 a year vs chicken feed at twenty every two months at 120 that's 1680 a year saving plus if you use fertiliser you can do your own math. I hope this is relevant to any person reading it and please be aware Lyme disease is in Australia but the government does not want to deal with it. It's your family your home and your life. I Just wanted to share what I learned
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Wow what a great story! That is worth starting a new thread in the section Managing your Flock here on BYC. I am sure others would love to see this thread and join in on the conversation...

    Great information! Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Great story. One of the nicest things about chickens, they eat bugs.
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  5. [​IMG] great to have you here [​IMG]

    And don't forget we enjoy bugs [​IMG]

    A BIG X2 on taking this to managing you flock

    gander007 [​IMG]
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    guineas are well known as tick eaters - with big appetites.
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    Wonderful story!!

    I also am in Australia, NSW.
    Come and visit the Aussie thread. Put "Australia Six states" in the BYC search bar and come join [​IMG].

  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad your chickens are helping you out :)

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