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Predation of livestock ticks by chickens as a tick-control method in a resource-poor urban environment.

@article{Dreyer1997PredationOL,
  title={Predation of livestock ticks by chickens as a tick-control method in a resource-poor urban environment.},
  author={K Dreyer and Leon J. Fourie and Dawie J. Kok},
  journal={The Onderstepoort journal of veterinary research},
  year={1997},
  volume={64 4},
  pages={
          273-6
        }
}
The possible use of chickens as predators of livestock ticks was studied. Chickens were allowed to scavenge for 3 h among tick-infested cattle in a typical township backyard during the milking period. Boophilus decoloratus, Hyalomma marginatum rufipes, Rhipicephalus evertsi evertsi and Otobius megnini were recovered from the crops and gizzards at necropsy. The numbers of ticks ingested ranged from 0-128, with an average of 28.81 (+/- 8.42) per chicken. This study has confirmed that chickens are… Expand
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