Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by momofmany10, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. momofmany10

    momofmany10 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 12, 2011
    I just found that my dogs have ticks. Will they get on the chickens as well? My girls are free to roam the yard so if I use poison to kill
    the ticks on the yard the hens will get into it too. Anyone have any ideas? Will the hens eat the ticks.
  2. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Chickens may eat some ticks, but your real tick-eating champions are guinea fowl.
  3. mishellez

    mishellez Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2009
    Northwest New Jersey
    I've heard of chickens picking up ticks but I have deer in my backyard practically every night and I haven't had a problem with ticks. I bet if the chickens see them, they're food, and if they manage to get on a bird where she can't pick it off, the others will peck it off. Not an expert in this and I don't have guineas either but I have lots of deer here and my neighbors encourage my chickens to come into their yard during evening free-ranging time because they say their dog hasn't had a problem since my girls.
  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I tried feeding one to the chickens,but they ignored it! Atleast I hve not found any bloated ones attached to them.
  5. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 21, 2011
    Use Promeris on the dogs religiously every month. It breaks the life cycle and in a matter of a few days to a week they'll be gone. Newly hatched ones also die as soon as they get on the dog. Frontline used to work for ticks but not anymore. Honestly-I wouldnt even worry about treating the yard, just Promeris the dogs.
  6. moondog425

    moondog425 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2010
    I live in a wooded area , with deer , dogs, cats and this is the first year in many that we have not had a tick problem, this is also the first year I have had free ranging chickens ![​IMG]
  7. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    There is no way I could kill all the ticks around my yard. I treat the dogs. I also tried to feed my girls some ticks that dropped on me when I was visiting the chickens and they wouldn't touch them. Maybe if they are crawling around they'll eat them but I dunno.
  8. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    I don't think it will be a problem the chickens will eat the ticks
  9. momofmany10

    momofmany10 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 12, 2011
    Thanks to everyone for the ideas and input. The other day I saw one of the chickens picking something off one of the
    dogs while he was asleep. Im hoping it was a tick. We are treating the dogs and hoping this takes care of the issue.

    Thanks again!!!

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