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Tick control--what to use??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by RaeC, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. RaeC

    RaeC Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all! I'm trying to find a chicken-friendly insecticide besides DE. (DE's annoying with the whole deactivated-with-water thing. [​IMG]) Anyone know of anything? We have ticks EVERYWHERE, it's insane, and we're going crazy! [​IMG]

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Cluckin'Along

    Cluckin'Along Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a few Guinea hens, they're the best tick control out there! The last Nursery I worked at kept 12 or so, I never had any ticks on me and I was there daily! Good Luck!
     
  3. new-roo

    new-roo Scrambled

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    Get the guineas [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    Guineas...Guineas...Guineas

    You can raise a few right along w/your chickens. Also the Guineas make good 'watchdogs' for your birds. If a hawk (or large bird) flies overhead, the Guineas sound alarm and the chickens head for cover.

    The first year here, my doxie has 36 ticks crawling on her after spending 15 min in the trees chasing rabbits. I got guineas that fall. The next summer, she only got 2-3 ticks and last summer, i didnt see one single tick
     
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  5. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Guineas.

    If it is for YOUR protection lemon juice on the soles of your shoes and a little on your clothes, also some vicks vaporub.
     
  6. RaeC

    RaeC Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, I forgot to say besides guineas, too. [​IMG] I hate guineas, they're evil!

    Thanks for the tips, though!
     
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where are the ticks?

    In your chicken coop?

    In woodland?

    In the lawn?

    You might want to remove brush piles or other habitats if they're hiding there.

    I have guineas, who keep this place fairly bug-free. And I have bat habitats -- they take care of all the flying insects like mosquitoes.
     
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  8. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] i was going to tell you the same thing as everyone else. guineas! or more chickens of any kind. i have a few game chickens that are free range. they do great also. they are smart and fast to hid from hawks and other things and they are great at finding food for their self! hardy chickens
     
  9. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    My chickens eat the ticks, they go nuts over any bug. [​IMG]
     
  10. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are people having trouble with ticks biting your chickens? That makes no sense to me. I thought the chickens would eat and control the ticks.

    One reason I am hatching my first chickens ever right now is to get rid of the ticks (the dogs are getting them alot lately).

    And how noisy are guineas? I would love to have a couple to eat ticks in my yard as I read they are the best, but settled on chickens because the guineas were noiser.

    I'm in a residential area.
     

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