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 natural predators of livestock ticks and that chickens can be used as part of an integrated
tick control plan in urban cattle-management systems in resource-poor communities in South
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