Tick-Eating Chickens

Sophia Hall/WCBS 880

Long Island Couple Brings In Chickens To Eat Up Ticks

July 26, 2018 - 1:47 pm

CALVERTON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Ticks are a major problem across many parts of Long Island, but one couple discovered an organic way to rid their yard of them.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, ticks were a big problem for Chris Paparo and his wife in the backyard of their home in Calverton before this summer.

“We didn’t like having people over, because then it was like we felt bad if they got a tick,” he said.

They also had to check their bodies for ticks every time they went inside.

“As soon as we go in the house, we’d have to do a tick check and make sure,” he said. “And the dog, it was the worst, because he’d get them in between his toes.”

But after taking care of a friend’s chickens, Paparo realized there were no more ticks in his yard. So the couple bought four chickens from Long Island Poultry.

“And within two weeks, the ticks disappeared in the yard,” he said

Paparo said the chickens do not get sick from eating ticks.

“When the birds eat these ticks, it’s not passed on in their eggs or their meat or anything like that,” he said. “You’re not going to get Lyme disease from eating a chicken that ate a tick.”

And in an added bonus, the chickens will soon be laying eggs. Paparo said he will enjoy those eggs with his wife.