tick removal

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cami, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. cami

    cami Out Of The Brooder

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    whats the best way to get a tick off of my silkie? its right between the comb and where the feathers start.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd just pull it off with tweezers. Usually if you pull slowly, the head comes with. There are a bunch of old-time remedies out there, like painting it with nail polish (didn't work for me) or burning it with a cigarette, but on a chicken, I'd go for tweezers.
     
  3. cami

    cami Out Of The Brooder

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    but if the head gets left in wont it get infected?
     
  4. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    I would try so adams flea and tick spray or dip - - you just need a little bit like on a cotton ball. It is good stuff to keep around for lice and mites too.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Usually it comes out, but if it doesn't, I've never had any real problem, including with ticks in me. I'm sure they can carry diseases, but I figure by the time it's bitten and holding on, you've been exposed, anyway.

    I love Adams spray but never tried it on a tick.
     
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