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Do chickens eat ticks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by patrickj, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. patrickj

    patrickj Out Of The Brooder

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    ticks have been bad here the last few years in central Texas. I hear guinea's eat lots of ticks, but
    too noisy for my taste. Wondering if a few chicks for eggs will also eat ticks around the grounds?
     
  2. Inkheart

    Inkheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    Muscovy Ducks are VERY known for their eating the bugs and ticks - my chickens do eat bugs - not sure on the ticks tho
     
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Yes they love ticks.
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    yes, my old neighbors used to keep lots of free ranged chickens to keep the ticks off of their other animals (goats, horses, dogs, etc). It worked pretty well I'd say.

    I used to get ticks every time I went to my inlaws place, but after moving a PEN of chickens out there I have hardly seen a tick since! Even though they are penned, they still have put a dent in the tick population.
     
  5. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    guineas are the worlds BEST tick eating machines, bar none!!!
     
  6. Stormview

    Stormview Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah I Think Chickens Would Eat Just About Any Thing That Moved!
     
  7. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I had a very bad tick problem before I got chickens, had to pick them off the dogs every single day, even had them crawling in the house up walls. Now, I havent seen a tick in 3 years.
     
  8. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Chickens do eat them but if you can get use to the guineas, they are better bug eaters. They even keep all the snakes away. I had so many problems with copper heads before I had guineas but now I never see one in the yard or flower beds.
     

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