joerogrz

Songster
11 Years
Oct 28, 2008
184
2
119
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.
 

tiki244

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 1, 2008
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43
321
WestCentralWisconsin
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.
 

chickeepoo

Songster
11 Years
Mar 10, 2008
319
1
139
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 wattles…
 

Tweeza

Songster
11 Years
Aug 17, 2008
335
1
132
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
 
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joerogrz

Songster
11 Years
Oct 28, 2008
184
2
119
Loretto, TN
Yes I removed them immediately.

Ticks

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.
Signs

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

Post-mortem lesions

* Anaemia.

Diagnosis

Identification of the presence of the parasites.
Treatment

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.
Prevention

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.
 

joerogrz

Songster
11 Years
Oct 28, 2008
184
2
119
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....
 
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