Tick Control?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by emalin, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. emalin

    emalin Out Of The Brooder

    I've called other areas I've lived in "tick infested", but I truly did not know the meaning of the phrase until we moved to this spot a few months ago. We've planned on having chickens for eggs and insect control, but I recently read that Guineas are great for controlling ticks. Unfortunately, we have a lot of Lyme here and I hate using pesticides because there is a little one in the house. Hoping Guineas will come to our rescue. Does anyone have any experience with Guineas clearing out insect populations? Are they much better than chickens? Will our neighbors still talk to us if we get a few? (We're in a rural area, but the neighbors are close enough to hear noisy animals.) Thank you!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I've heard that about guineas too but don't know how they compare.

    We used to have a tick infested property. REALLY INFESTED!!!
    We had horses, cows, pigs and caged pheasant but no chickens. When we visited a nearby neighbor we noticed we never got ticks on us. We asked him why. He said "the chickens eat them". His chickens free ranged around his yard and outbuildings. There were no ticks anywhere near his house.
     
  3. malinois

    malinois Out Of The Brooder

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    I can not speak for the chickens, but I can certainly speak for my Guineas. With 8 birds on approx. a 16 acres plot(s) (they go visit the neighbors) my tick population has disappeared...the horses, and even the cats, have been tick free since the birds starting free ranging in September. I have also noticed a decrease in the Stink bug population, as well as grasshoppers etc. I will be very curious to the bug population come next spring here in SW PA. We usually have a problem with Japanese beetles/grubs, and swarms of flies, etc on the horses.....
     
  4. emalin

    emalin Out Of The Brooder

    That is really good news that makes me even more enthusiastic about getting birds! Thank you.
     
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your neighbor might be truly appreciative because if you wipe out the ticks on your property it will help reduce or eliminate their's as well. Keep in mind you want 6-10 of those chatter boxes. They are more amusing than obnoxious in my book.
     
  6. malinois

    malinois Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, tick control. And today i got two of my very first eggs. The birds are 6 months and 2 days old. I tdo not know how to post pids yet though.
     

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