1. joerogrz

    joerogrz Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Loretto, TN
    This has happened to a few of my pullets so far. I find these blue-ish, fat, ticks on their heads and they have swelling in that area. Wasn't expecting them to come out this soon. Guess I'm getting some dust for their dust baths asap.


    For those of you who don't know, these blue ticks can cause some serious health problems for chickens.
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    My dog gets that way when she gets a tick bite. I have never seen it on a chicken. Never seen a tick on a chicken. Yes they can carry some pretty serious diseases.

    One time my dog got bit by a spider in the night and her whole muzzle was all swollen up. She had to get a prednisone shot for that.
  3. damselfish

    damselfish Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    I am looking and looking at those pictures and I can't see the ticks. Where are they?
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Quote:I can't see them either??? [​IMG]
  5. I can't see them either [​IMG]
  6. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Ummm, I'm betting the ticks were removed (I'd do that too as soon as I saw them) and you're looking at just the pics of the resulting swelling in the wattlesÂ…
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I see what you mean now, poor guy. I hate those ticks! This has been such a year for them too! [​IMG]
  8. Tweeza

    Tweeza Songster

    Aug 17, 2008
    New England
    So what is that hanging from the underside of her beak? I see it hanging on the first pic and I see it on the second also.

    edited: forgot the question mark
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  9. joerogrz

    joerogrz Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Loretto, TN
    Yes I removed them immediately.


    Argas persicus is an external parasite of poultry and wild birds, and is also found on mammals. It is more common in warm climates, spends little time on host, and may also transmit spirochaetosis and Pasteurella infection. These parasites are more likely to be a problem of small scale poultry production in the tropics, than in commercial poultry in temperate climates.

    * Anaemia.
    * Skin blemishes.
    * Occasionally paralysis from toxins in the tick saliva.
    * Emaciation.
    * Weakness.
    * Reduced productivity.

    Post-mortem lesions

    * Anaemia.


    Identification of the presence of the parasites.

    Elimination of cracks and crevices in the poultry housing. Insecticide sprays in these areas are more likely to be effective than treatment of the birds.

    As for red mite control.

    I got that from a different site, but it gives you an idea of how ticks can affect a chicken. I can't post the link since it's a "competing" poultry site.
  10. joerogrz

    joerogrz Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Loretto, TN
    What you see hanging is the swelling caused from the tick bite. I checked her out a little while ago and she still has the swelling, which probably won't go away for a couple of days.

    Unless you mean the piece of grass or clover or whatever it is. She was grazing....
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009

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