Fleas on Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by taighlyr1888, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. taighlyr1888

    taighlyr1888 In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2018
    So my neighbors ducks keep getting these black patches on them. When they finally got a closer look the patches look like thousands of fleas. She is wondering what she could do to rid her ducks of this. Included a picture.

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Those are stick tight fleas. Do an on site search for information on how to control them.

    @casportpony can you help here ?
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  3. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

    Apr 30, 2018
    Nova scotia
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    @Jpat , thanks for posting that link!

    @taighlyr1888 , if you live I the US, read the link that @Jpat posted. If the instructions are confusing let me know and I will try to explain them better.

    If you don't live in the US, let me know where you live.
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  5. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

    Sep 2, 2018
    Big Chimney, WV
    My Coop
    :eek: And i thought ducks cannot get flees, ticks, lice and other external parasites because their body temperature is too high and they are in contact with so much water.
    I've learned something new today!
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Sadly, they can get all of the same internal and external parasites that chickens get. :(
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Oh, I almost forgot! When ducks get them like this, be sure to check their entire body, especially on their backs, between their wings. I don't know why, but to some reason the fleas like this area too. Also check their vents.
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  8. The Dapper Duck

    The Dapper Duck Songster

    Apr 9, 2019
    Coastal Humboldt, CA
    You would be very surprised by how many parasites seabirds carry then. And they only leave the water to nest once a year.
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    That almost looks like ticks..

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