Chickens tackle ticks
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CTA. 1996. Chickens tackle ticks. Spore 64. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A common sight in Africa and Asia is to see cattle and wild buffalo roaming about with birds such as cattle egrets or oxpeckersperched on their backs. These birds are providing a vital service in keeping the animals free of ticks. In Kenya,...
A common sight in Africa and Asia is to see cattle and wild buffalo roaming about with birds such as cattle egrets or oxpeckers perched on their backs. These birds are providing a vital service in keeping the animals free of ticks. In Kenya, veterinarians have taken the idea and translated it into the domestic setting. Their idea is to build a row of pens, each one being three meters by four, which gives a cow (or goat) enough room to lie down in a pen of its own. Along the rear of the pens is a corridor or runway for chickens, with small doors into each pen. The chickens have access to the pens and the cows allow them to look for ticks 011 their backs and inside their ears. One chicken can consume 200 ticks in three hours! The vets recommend that the chickens are taken out of the pen from time to time to help their digestion and maintain their appetite and that they should also continue to be fed their normal diet. The Agriculturalist, Vol 7 No2, March-May, 1996 I The Colibbean Agilcultural Communications Services Ltd AIMC Complex 188 Sponish Town Rood Kingston 1 1 Jamaica W I