Stupid question - do chickens get ticks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by grandmachicken, May 30, 2009.

  1. grandmachicken

    grandmachicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Williamson, GA
    I know chickens will eat ticks - but is it possible for chickens to carry ticks in their feathers and transmit to other pets or people? I found a deer tick between my fingers and my husband says it's from handling my chickens so much. (He's obviously jealous of the time I spend with my birds). Anybody know?

  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I would say yes, but have never seen a tick on a chicken. They have blood which the tick is looking for.

    Not new to chickens either, been around them all my life, into the Social Security years.
  3. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    i too would say yes they can carry ticks, even though i have never seen a tick on a chicken in 35+ years
  4. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Chickens eat ticks.
  5. TreeHugger

    TreeHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have never seen a tick on any of my chickens, but I would think they could get them. Maybe another chicken picks it off before it can attach itself? I think your hubby is just jealous:D
  6. chickachickadoo

    chickachickadoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2008
    My hubby has picked up 2 ticks in just a few weeks without being around chickens. One has nothing to do with the other.
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I would like to see a tick try to get on one of my girls...there would be 28 wenches all over that tick. Not gonna least not here. My poor dog was attacked by 6 of my hens when they saw a tick climbing up his leg. They got it too... [​IMG] scared the ChiChi about to death but...there you have it.
    Last edited: May 30, 2009
  8. okiron

    okiron Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
  9. Peach Mom

    Peach Mom Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 27, 2012
    I always wondered about this. It is so nice to think of those nasty ticks getting bitten back!
  10. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    I don't mean to be a downer, but there are types of ticks that feed on chickens. [​IMG] They're called poultry or fowl ticks and they hide in cracks around the roosts and typically only emerge to feed on the chickens during the first hour following dusk and return to their crevices until they need to feed again. Unless you looked at the right time and at the right place, you'd never know your chickens have them. Because of their habits of hiding in crevices and only coming out in darkness, the chickens have little defense against them. Fortunately, freezing temperatures limit how far north they are found so they're generally only found in the southern states. You can read more about them here.

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