Tick control is important. With tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and Powassan virus, as well as the fact that the tick population is growing and spreading every year, many people want to know more! One way to control ticks is for a group of chickens to patrol your yard looking for pests and ticks. Anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that chickens are more than effective against ticks and pests.
Anecdotal evidence that chickens are effective in controlling ticks:
- “After we started raising chickens, Suzanne reported finding a lot fewer ticks on Sophie’s pig,” from Home to Roost: A farmer from the backyard studies chickens through the ages, Bob Sheasley
- “We are happy to have discovered that since we have chickens on our small farm we have noticed far fewer flies, mosquitoes, snails, ticks, spiders and maple insects than in previous years.” Charley cake
- “From the fourth day, after we had the first hen, we didn’t see any more ticks in the garden.” Alicia Barnes.
Scientific studies on tick control in chickens
AND conducted scientific research In 1991, they showed that chickens housed from 30 minutes to an hour among tick-infected cattle in Kenya consumed a significant number of ticks. Each hen had between 3 and 331 ticks in its stomach, with an average of 81 per hen.
Although the appetite of each hen may vary, they are generally a good natural predator of ticks in cattle. It remains to be seen whether chickens can be used to control ticks in deer and mice, as there are very few studies.
A chicken or a guinea pig to control ticks?
Guinea fowl also have a good reputation for consuming ticks, but their main drawbacks are noise and a tendency to continue wandering. If you’re thinking about taking a guinea pig, watch the video below to see what they look like before you make a final decision. Guinea fowl are very noisy.
Chickens can be just as effective as guinea pigs in controlling pests like ticks. As an advantage, chickens very effectively find and eat larvae and worms, snakes, moles and mice.
What else can you do to control ticks?
What else can you do to prevent a tick bite other than letting your chicken or flock of birds roam freely in your yard? Here are some tick management tips:
- For best results, choose a breed of hen known for its good feeding ability. Birds that have good digging skills are more likely to find and eat ticks.
- Keep the grass short in areas where you spend time
- Reduce or avoid piles of leaves, which ticks like to hide (clean garden debris). Clean, keeping in mind that ticks like high humidity and hide just above the soil surface or in areas of brush or tall grass, as well as in layers of leaves and ground cover.
- Avoid completely tick-infested areas such as areas with tall grass, brush or weeds.
- Have a tick or fine tweezers handy out of hand to remove ticks in case you find a tick attached. It is recommended to have an anti-tick kit in every vehicle and at home so you can remove ticks right away.
- Know the difference between a type of tick like the deer tick and other ticks like the star, the American tick (or wood tick) and the brown dog tick. They do not carry all types of tick disease. You can learn to recognize the stages of a tick’s life cycle, from newly hatched larvae to immature ticks (nymphs) to the adult stage. Adult ticks are easier to identify and see.
- Seek medical attention if you find that the tick has been attached for more than 24 hours or if you have a headache, fever, or joint pain after a tick bite.
- When you remove the tick, throw her in the toilet. Why not a trash can? Ticks can come out of the trash.
- Use tick products on animals coming out. Check your pets regularly to avoid tick infestation in your home. Ticks feed their pets for a blood meal, and your veterinarian may suggest an effective treatment against ticks.
Do your chickens help control ticks? Let us know in the comments below!