thinking of Cochens for eating ticks...good choice?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by patrickj, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. patrickj

    patrickj Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2011
    I am in Texas, new at this, finishing up on the coop now. 15 acres and our motive is to eat ticks, which have been very challenging to people and dogs the past few years. Many have recommended Cochens. Looking for some experienced opinions out there. thank you.
  2. NanaKat

    NanaKat True BYC Addict Premium Member

    For ticks, you want birds that will free range easily.
    You might try guineas, Minorcas, Rhode Island Red, Australorps or Wyandottes.
    I don't have guineas now, but do have the other fourbreeds. I let my Cochins free-range with the others, but with their feathered feet and intolerance of heat, I keep them closer to the coop.
    Minorcas lay a white egg and love to dig and hunt. The others are tan/brown egg layers and are very effective bug eatters.

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