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Chickens Health Issues

Backyard Chickens and Fleas

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Did you know that like our family dogs and cats even chickens can get fleas?  Summertime is the height of flea season. Chicken fleas are not as common as mites and poultry lice, but they can cause many problems for your flock. Chicken fleas can cause irritation and restlessness. But far worse, they can cause malnutrition, anemia, decrease egg production and lead to your chickens not feeling well overall.  This article will discuss three types of fleas that affect chickens-the European Chicken Flea, the Western Chicken Flea and the Sticktight Flea.  The types of fleas that can affect your flock are determined by where you live.