Do chickens get ticks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by poultrygeist, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. poultrygeist

    poultrygeist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 20 week old barred rock has a small lump just ahead of her tail.
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't panic, it's probably the oil gland...[​IMG]
     
  3. poultrygeist

    poultrygeist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that something we all have? I mean chickens.
     
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    They have an oil gland at the base of thier tail. When they preen they dip thier beaks into it and distribute it along all thier feathers to keep them pretty and shiny. It also is protective.
     
  5. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The oil gland helps them stay warm and dry, as far as ticks, chickens eat them. I have not found one tick on my dogs since getting chickens, before it was a nightly ritual to search for ticks and that was even with treating them. The only drawback in chicken tick patrol is they must freerange to find them, and you could lose a few to predators.
     

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