Chickens and Ticks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by indego_88, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. indego_88

    indego_88 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you stop chickens getting ticks on them...?

    Sadly last night my chicken wasnt looking too good, we had a look at her and found a paralysis tick on her, poor thing died that night [​IMG]

    I live in quite a bushy area in Australia where ticks are quite common. Is there any way i can prevent my other chickens getting ticks?
     
  2. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Oh my gosh that is so sad. I am so sorry to hear that. We are infested here with Ticks in the Northeast but I have never heard of a paralysis tick. What is that?

    My husband and I both had Lyme's disease at the same time but I have never seen a tick on my chickens. I guess it is just hard to see under all those feathers.

    I am not sure what to suggest about your problem....maybe dusting with food grade DE.

    Since I got chickens I haven't seen any ticks and wondering if it is because they are eating them all.
     
  3. indego_88

    indego_88 Out Of The Brooder

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    a paralysis tick is a deadly australian tick... they are horrible
    mine had one on her head so that couldn't have been good at all.
    yer i think il try dusting them or their food with something.
     
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
  5. Rainman

    Rainman Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I'd like to go to Australia but there are too many critters that can kill you just by looking at you.
     
  6. indego_88

    indego_88 Out Of The Brooder

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    haha i havent come across anything like that before! but yess there are a lot of deadly things. Nothing to be afraid of though, most people wont even come across them. More likely they are more scared of you. I have lived near the bush all my life and nothing has ever happened to me. BUt i guess if your not used to it, its fair enough your wary!
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:It wont help to put it on their food. Put it in a container so they can take "dust baths" in it
     

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