1. Lille

    Lille Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2011
    This is really a preventative medicine question:

    None of my hens have ticks, but last year was a very bad year in my area for ticks. I've read an article in the newspaper ( for what that's worth ) that this year is expected to be just as bad, or worse, than last year.

    I'm curious if that's something I should be concerned about with my birds. Is there some form of recommended preventive measure that I should take in the early spring to protect them against ticks ?

    Thank you !
  2. beaglady

    beaglady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2012
    No, chickens like to eat ticks and will help get rid of them, if allowed to free range. One of the advantages of having chickens....
  3. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Do keep an eye on your chickens though - I have seen posts on here about the ticks getting the chickens instead of the chickens getting the ticks! And if you do start seeing them on the chickens, I'd search here for tick prevention.
  4. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    I never thought ticks were a problem until one attached itself right under my silkie hen's eye. Her eye was almost sucked out of the socket. Blood and pus were oozing out. I removed the tick with tweezers and applied Terramicyn eye ointment to the "empty" eye socket. A few days later her eye reappeared and was back to normal. Now I dust them all with 5% sevin.

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