Just sending out a warning about tick in Australia.
In the last three days, I have had two 8/9 week old healthy chicks suddenly getting stuck in shallow holes and not being able to get out.
And when I tried to stand them up, they would just fall over.
I dusted the first one I found (just as the ants found her) with Pestene and while doing so, I found a lump under the skin on her wing.
I popped her in a nesting box (away from amorous cockerels ) and went back a few hours later, she gobbled her food and drink but still couldn't walk.
I popped her in the nesting box again till morning. The next morning she was better, but still stumbled a bit, but walked very well and scratched till she landed in a hollow.
After the second night in a nesting box, she is running around like nothing had happened.
Yesterday, went to check the chooks, and nearly trod on a gold chicken from the same hatch, she was doing the same thing, stuck in a hollow.
So I dusted her and stuck her in a nesting box for the night, I found her running around the next morning like nothing had happened.
These chickens are free range and lay around in the hay in the shade when it is hot. I think the ticks are in the hay, as the other mobs of chooks lay around in different places in the pen, and so far I have had no probs with them.
The majestic Campine.
Should be classed as a game bird.