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Ticks on and in chicken coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by stjjjmm87, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. stjjjmm87

    stjjjmm87 New Egg

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    I was shocked tonight to find ticks all over the outside and in the nesting box of one of our coops tonight. Have seen a few here and there before but figured chickens would eat them and keep them under control. I dont want to use anything that will make our chickens sick. Any ideas? Thx.
     
  2. livenwpeeps

    livenwpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get some guineas. They eat ticks. I haven't seen a tick on anything since I got them.
     
  3. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ticks are really bad here. My cats are covered, even with their monthly flea/tick medicine [​IMG] Makes my skin crawl **shudders**

    Maybe I will get some Guineas, they would certainly have a feast!
     
  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    It sounds like you might have Poultry (Fowl) Ticks. If they are, guineas are no use against them and would only become victims. This kind of tick specializes on birds. They live in crevices during the day and emerge right after the sun sets to feed. They generally feed for the first hour after sunset and then retreat back to their cracks and crevices. They are so good at hiding, you may never know you have them until their population has exploded. I had a poultry tick infestation last year and made a byc page on how to control them: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=56638-poultry-ticks They page isn't finished yet, but most of what you need is included there.

    I would first determine if they are indeed poultry ticks. Are they emerging right after the sun sets? Do they look like these?:
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  5. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    Sprinkling Sevin Dust might help.
     
  6. stjjjmm87

    stjjjmm87 New Egg

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    This looks just like what i am seeing, thanks for the research and work you have done, Know i know what needs to be done. Thanks again.[​IMG]
     
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Quote:Good luck!
     
  8. engteacher92

    engteacher92 New Egg

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    Today, I found just what you've shown in your article and here. YUCK....I live in Arizona and with our heat, my girls are loaded with ticks! A couple of my roos have scaly leg mites too. Such a sad state of affairs that began when my friend left for Alaska and brought his flock of 18 "infected" birds to visit. So sad.....and I'm SOOO busy cleaning up the mess! Thanks for the ideas and hopefully I can get these things under control! Thanks!
     
  9. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Good luck and stay vigilant! Welcome to BYC too!
     
  10. JohnInDixon

    JohnInDixon New Egg

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    Is Sevin dust safe for Chickens? I know it is for dogs, etc..
     

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