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8 Ways to Fight Back Against Ticks for your Backyard Chickens

We pulled these immediately after a walk in the woods from our dog. We learned fast!

This year has been a very bad year for ticks on Cape Cod and it seems the rest of the country too.  Spring time’s weather was optimal for their population’s expansion.  We now have three types of confirmed ticks on Cape Cod including deer ticks, dog ticks and now sporadic reports of lone star ticks.  Did you know that there are over 800 species of ticks? The species of ticks that we have on Cape Cod can carry many diseases including Lyme disease, Erhlichiosis (Anaplasmosis), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Babesiosis.

Chickens Health Issues

Backyard Chickens and Ticks

For years, I have known that chickens enjoy eating many bugs in the yard, including ticks.  In my years of keeping backyard chickens, I have never found a tick on the flock, yet I know they are lurking in the yard.  Yesterday as I was out refilling the coop waterers,  I was a bit disturbed-perched, waiting and ready to hop on board to a warm, blood-filled body was a dog tick.  So I decided to do a little experiment.