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Ticks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by stephaaras, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. stephaaras

    stephaaras Just Hatched

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    Will ducks eat ticks, or other insects from the yard? I have read some places that they will, but other places I have read they won't... So from personal experience, are they any help in ridding your yard of ticks?
    I know that guinea hens are good for insect control, but I have no interest in raising them. I had ducks growing up, and am interested in possibly getting back into them - however, the property I have just moved to appears to have a lot more ticks than where I have previously lived. I don't want to spray or sprinkle my yard with chemicals as I have dogs who are always outdoors, so if ducks are an option to rid my yard of ticks I think I may reintroduce them to my property sooner than planned.

    If ducks will eat ticks, which breed would be the best for this? I have heard Pekins will, but I'm not sure if this is true?
    Thank you.
     
  2. backyardfarmer6

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    My friend has muscovy ducks and tells me they get rid of ticks well.
     
  3. stephaaras

    stephaaras Just Hatched

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    Thank you, I will look into them.
    If it doesn't end up working out I may get both guineas and ducks. At least this way I'll still get to have my ducks.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I never heard of Ducks eating Ticks? Other bugs, slugs, wasps and frogs...The Guineas are great bug eaters...
     
  5. stephaaras

    stephaaras Just Hatched

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    That seems to be what I hear most. I did more research on muscovies with ticks, and I have seen mixed reviews about them eating them. I have seen that they will, but not in a way that is effective to actually get rid of them.
    I will probably end up picking up a few guineas in this case, because I'd rather have a tick free yard for my dogs.
    This way I can go with a different breed of ducks anyway, as I prefer the Campbell's.
     
  6. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Good thread guys. What about flys? Are muscovys good for those too? I've heard they are...
     
  7. stephaaras

    stephaaras Just Hatched

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    I am almost 100% certain that they will indeed eat flies. The ducks I owned did, and I'm fairly certain it wasn't exclusive to their breed.
     
  8. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    if you like ducks raise them first, guineas need a dedicated owner, raise them if the ducks don't work.


    edited for spelling
     
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  9. stephaaras

    stephaaras Just Hatched

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    I have actually decided on chickens after tons of research. I wanted a change of pace. I would have been dedicated to guineas if I had chosen them, but the interest just wasn't really there.
    I have decided chickens because I know they will eat ticks, and I would also like fresh eggs.
    I will probably eventually go back to ducks though.
     
  10. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    now which breed? and which variety within the breed?
     

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