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Do Guineas eat Ticks?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by I-Have-Happy-Hens, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC

    I happend to click on this thread about um...2 months ago maybe more and I saw a topic that they eat ticks/keep there populaiton in check?


  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Guineas will eat any bug they can find, including ticks.
  3. cracking up

    cracking up Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    So Cal
    Of all the things people say about guineas the tick eating is really true. I used to have ticks on my dog and I haven't seen one in years. They don't eat red ants and I've never seen mine go after a snake. Oh and the head is just a decoration - not a lot of brains in there.
  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:OMG.... [​IMG] its true.... sooo true.... [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. Peeper

    Peeper Songster

    Jan 3, 2009
    Little Rock, AR
    Ticks for sure! They are also quite the little gardeners. They love to eat weed seeds!!!
  6. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    YES! I had guineas, and there is always that one neighbor... so I fenced in my yard, and everyone complained that they had ticks again, so we let a few free range again... NO ticks!
  7. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    Yes they do indeed take care of ticks!!! The first 2 years I lived here my horses suffered horribly from the tick infestation... I was literally pulling off at least 50 ticks per horse at feeding time every day, ALL YEAR LONG. There was no "tick season" on this property, it was a year long battle. Sprays and drops had no effect on reducing the numbers I was pulling off my poor horses, dogs and cats. THEN... I got Guineas [​IMG] I stopped using sprays and drops and I think I have pulled off maybe a total of a dozen ticks off of all 6 of my horses, 5 dogs plus 2 outside cats combined over the past 5 yrs. And I have yet to see one on ME [​IMG]

  8. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    Cameron, NC
    My Coop
    We had ticks so bad you couldn't stay outside for more than 5 min. without getting one on you. After about 1 1/2 months of 8 Guineas they had cleared about 50 acres of ticks. Now you NEVER see any ticks.
  9. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Songster

    Jul 21, 2011
    east taunton
    guineas are the kings of eating ticks.[​IMG][​IMG]

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