Usually in the yard we have a lot of ticks, but this summer (since we've had chickens) there have been none. But recently my chickens have been in the run a lot. And so we've found my dog with a couple ticks, and I just pulled a tick off... well I'd rather not say where. But the only place I really go in the yard is to the chicken coop. Is it possible that there are ticks in the straw I use for bedding? Could the birds get ticks? Oy. Now I'm so paranoid!