Chickens & Ticks

aart

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"A 1991 scientific study showed that chickens who scavenged for 30 minutes to an hour among tick-infested cattle in Kenya had eaten significant numbers of ticks. Each chicken had 3-331 ticks in its gizzard, with an average of 81 per chicken."
Wonder how many chickens they let eat for 30 minutes,
then necropsied to count the ticks?
 

Cryss

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My daughter has been diagnosed with Lyme and Babesiosis, both tick borne diseases. She went from being a dynamo mom, top notch CNA, and constantly working on her home, to a weak kitten. If she showers and puts on clothes it's a banner day. She suddenly started stuttering like porky pig. She gets dizzy, has lost feeling in her hands and drops things. A soft warm breeze is painful. She can't keep her thoughts together because of brain fog. I have chickens now because we are fearful. We know about tick diseases first hand. They are no joke. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
This guy really nails it.
 

Gwynny7

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Apr 4, 2016
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Happy Spring up in New Jersey/Pennsylvania Area. This Monday between children, dogs and Adults 22 ticks. So a local Farmer told me that Chickens Eat a Tick, but Poop a Tick, but only guineas and turkeys eat a tick and kill a tick.

Can anyone tell me what is true

Please get on antibiotics right away if you are bitten by any tick! Chronic Lyme disease and co-infections are no joke! I personally am battling late stage Lyme (known as chronic Lyme) and multiple co-infections from a tick bite I got as a child. It took 10 years of symptoms and negative blood tests plus a bad ankle injury my senior year of high school to finally be diagnosed. I have lost my ability to walk much due to Lyme. I have to use a motorized scooter to get to and from my house to the barn to care for my guineas. Please consider doing the Lyme disease challenge since May is Lyme disease Awareness Month.

How to do the Lyme Disease Challenge:

1. Take a Bite out of a Lime: take a photo or a short video of you taking the bite – the more sour your face, the better and funnier! It is more fun with friends, so invite them to take a bite with you!

2. Share a Fact: State one brief fact about Lyme disease. You can say them in your video, write them on your photo, or include them in your post. Help us spread the true facts about Lyme Disease! Use the hashtag #lymediseasechallenge on social media.

3. Challenge Others: Keep the campaign going by challenging three other people to take the challenge! Challenge your friends, family to take a bite! Mention them in your video or if you do a photo tag them in your post.

Optional: Donate to ILADS to help fund research for a cure and to help ILADS train medical professionals how to diagnose and treat Lyme and other tick borne infections.

Facts can be found on the Lyme disease challenge website and International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS):

http://lymediseasechallenge.org/join-lyme-disease-challenge/

http://www.ilads.org/lyme/about-lyme.php

Why do I do the Lyme disease challenge?

I do the Lyme disease challenge because I am battling chronic (late stage) Lyme disease and multiple co-infections. I got officially diagnosed right after I graduated high school (summer of 2011). Based on my symptoms, my Lyme literate physicians believe I have been infected since I was a child. When I was eight years old I had the classic Lyme symptoms: migrating joint pain, fatigue and headaches, a weak immune system yet I had no bulls-eye rash. I did not get a quicker diagnosis due to the fact the blood tests are not sensitive enough, which means false negative happen very often. For me I had several false negatives over 10 years despite being symptomatic. I try to spread awareness year round since I am disabled due to Lyme. I want to prevent others from dealing with Lyme disease and co-infections. I encourage others to participate in the Lyme disease challenge which occurs during May. I lost my ability to walk much when I was only 18 years old. Despite years of treatment I still cannot do a lot of walking due to the fact the Lyme bacteria has damaged my joints and nerves especially in my left foot and ankle. Please consider doing the Lyme disease challenge and sharing this information with those you care about.

Helpful Links:

How to remove a tick:

http://www.ilads.org/lyme/what-to-do-if-bit-by-tick.php

Find a Lyme literate doctor (LLMD) near you:

http://ilads.org/ilads_media/physician-referral/

Prevent Chronic Lyme Disease:

http://www.ilads.org/lyme/lyme-tips.php

Link to the Treatment Guidelines:

http://www.ilads.org/lyme/treatment-guideline.php
 

Gwynny7

Chirping
Apr 4, 2016
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@Gwynny7 thank you for posting. My daughter could have been infected as long as 10 years ago, possibly more. The biggest problem is finding a Dr that believes you and is Lyme literate.
Yes it is very difficult to find a Lyme literate doctor (a doctor who will take you seriously and knows how to diagnose clinically and treat tick borne infections!) I recommend filling out the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society's Physician referral:
http://ilads.org/ilads_media/physician-referral/


It took me almost 2 years to finally find a doctor who could help me. Sadly many people end up seeing 20 + doctors before they get an accurate diagnosis / find someone who will treat them. I ended up having to travel out of state to see my Lyme literate doctors.
 

Cryss

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Yes it is very difficult to find a Lyme literate doctor (a doctor who will take you seriously and knows how to diagnose clinically and treat tick borne infections!) I recommend filling out the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society's Physician referral:
http://ilads.org/ilads_media/physician-referral/


It took me almost 2 years to finally find a doctor who could help me. Sadly many people end up seeing 20 + doctors before they get an accurate diagnosis / find someone who will treat them. I ended up having to travel out of state to see my Lyme literate doctors.
We do think we found our Dr. He actually told my daughter " Relax, it's ok, I believe you. You are very sick. This is tick borne disease." She cried out of relief.
 

Gwynny7

Chirping
Apr 4, 2016
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Eastern, Pennsylvania
We do think we found our Dr. He actually told my daughter " Relax, it's ok, I believe you. You are very sick. This is tick borne disease." She cried out of relief.
I can totally relate to that feeling!! It was a huge relief to finally find a doctor who did not think I was crazy to think I still had Lyme after 28 days of antibiotics!
 
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