Get yourself some GUINEAS! They are tick lovers! I had flurries here while I was doing chores in the early evening. Froze my butt too! I won't lie and say it froze off though. Ralphie, I think the trick would be to put the bird in a cage with a pan they must stand it with warm water and soak the sugar off. I did apply a runny version of the mix on my one Buckeye rooster's feet tonight. He seemed happy to have fresh wraps on his feet and the ladies in his pen all came running to check out his new boots. They are hot pink. I need to make sure I am on top of changing his dressing more and get it all the way healed. It is hard to do with the gravely soil I have in the yard and in the runs at present. I am going to be using sand once I can scrape all the runs down though.