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HELP my hen has ticks!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aloweodu2003, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. aloweodu2003

    aloweodu2003 Hatching

    Jan 18, 2009
    I just bought 2 hens from an older couple they looked fine when I got them.....

    I have only had them for 4 days and Sissy has aquired alot of little ticks around her face how do I get rid of them?????
  2. mjelse

    mjelse In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    They say for ticks: smear vaseline on them, coating their abdomens very thoroughly. They breathe through holes in the abdomen. As they begin to suffocate, they drop off. I get a lot of ticks and have always lost patience waitign for them to drop off on their own.

    The other way is to slowly and steadily apply pressure to pull them out, pulling the opposite direction of the head.

    If they are little ticks, the size of a freckle, a bright medium brown, they are deer ticks. Those are hard to pull because they are so hard to see. The bigger tocks are dog ticks.

    Actually I forgot to check where you live, those are the ticks we have in the east.
  3. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    There is also a flea called a 'stick tight flea' that attaches to the skin- looks alot like a tick. Small and black. They can infest poultry in some areas of the country. Poultry powder (pyrethrin) or sevin dust (carbaryl) should kill these. It won't kill ticks though.
    You can tell the difference if you look at them closely- stick tight fleas still look like fleas- bodies are flattened side to side. Ticks are flattenend top to bottom.
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    My Dad use to light a match, blow it out and place it on the tick. They would then back out so he could remove with tweezers.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 18, 2009
  5. aloweodu2003

    aloweodu2003 Hatching

    Jan 18, 2009
    You guys are awesome! Thanks so much!

    Tampa, Florida
  6. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    that is so odd. i always thought i had no ticks in my yard due to teh chickens. neve occured to me in a million years tht they could get them.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I bet they're stick tight fleas. We have a big tick population here in the woods and I've never seen a tick on a chicken, even when they range through the woods.

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