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Ticks

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

  1. momofmany10

    momofmany10 Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
    Worried!!!
     
  2. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    mishellez Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I don't think it will be a problem the chickens will eat the ticks
     
  9. momofmany10

    momofmany10 Out Of The Brooder

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    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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