Do chickens eat deer ticks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CritterHill, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. CritterHill

    CritterHill Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    SE PA
    I am looking for something that will eat deer ticks. They are the tiny, tiny ones that carry lyme.

    My daughter was just diagnosed with lyme and I pull those tiny nymph deer ticks off her constantly. Wondering if free ranging my chickens periodically will help?

    Will guinea hens eat them?

    They are so small, I can't imagine any bird bothering to eat them!
  2. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana

    They love, love, love ticks. We went from pulling 20 ticks a day off our dogs if we let them run the full acerage to maybe one or two a week.
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  3. CritterHill

    CritterHill Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    SE PA
    Quote:Do you think they could eat deer ticks though? They are so TINY! You can hardly see them.

    I'm wondering if spraying is my only option [​IMG] I don't want to do that...
  4. I have been wondering the same thing. We have a 6 month old golden retriever who i always running around getting ticks. I want to keep him safe.
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    In the years since I started keeping guineas I hardly ever have to pull ticks off my dogs and cats. I got some guineas for my son and DIL for their new place because they were over-run with ticks. 2 months later, they hardly are finding any ticks on their dogs anymore.
  6. I guess I am gonna have to order some keets soon
  7. Cayuga

    Cayuga Chirping

    Jul 31, 2008
    Hi I am new to this forum. So is the consensus that chickens do not eat deer ticks, but guinea hens do? I have heard that guineafowl are very effective for deer ticks, but have also heard they can be very loud. Any thoughts or experience with this?
  8. pkeeler

    pkeeler Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Chickens will eat any bug they come across. I've heard that chickens are better for tick suppression since they will hang out in your yard. Guineas might wander away.
  9. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Quote:Oh yeah, from the time these birds are chicks on up through, they love anything that moves and they can swallow! If they cant swallow it, they will find a way to get it down! lol....We have only had 2 ticks this year, last year the neighbors dog was taken from Lyme's disease and our Vet took a deer tick off our cat. So, yes, they most definately help in our area! Good luck to you!
  10. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Songster

    May 12, 2008
    I pulled a tick off of my oldest daughter every night for a week straight until I started letting the chickens out for a few hours each day. I haven't seen a tick in my yard or on my kids since.

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