Having been suffering from Chronic Lyme disease (as a human) I am well versed on ticks and their types. Last night I noticed a Texas Lone Star tick fully attached and semi engorged on my RIR's hen's waddle. Her enitre right side of her face and waddle were completely swollen (that is how I noticed an issue).. The tick was at the base, somewhat inside of her waddle. I at first thought the hen had an abcess or infection. The Texas Lone Star tick is a larger tick that is more known to attach to dogs, cats, horses, and humans. It is not a poultry tick. I have saved the tick (that is what use Lyme disease people do unfortunately). In my entire 10 years of having chickens, I have never seen a tick attached to a hen. Plus, it is very early in the tick season for us here in NC. Usually its the nymp ticks (the baby size ticks) that are out around this time. I am concerned for a few reasons. First, this tick has obviously caused an issue with the hen. She is alert and is out and about today but her waddle is still very swollen but not as much as last night. Second, are her eggs safe to eat. Lyme disease can be spread in utero so I am concerned about eating this hens particular eggs. Also, is there anything I can to treat this hen? Thanks for all your help.