Do Chickens Get Lyme?
As mentioned in a previous EasyPetFence.com blog post, chickens make great pets - not just because of the delicious eggs that they produce - but because they help control tick movement in yards by eating ticks!
However, with eating ticks comes the potential for ingesting the Lyme Disease bacteria from infected ticks. And, if a chicken eats a tick with Lyme, will the eggs they produce be bad for human consumption? This is a question that has stumped doctors.
While we don't know whether or not ticks have Lyme Disease before ingestion, we as backyard chicken owners, must keep close watch on our poultry to make sure they seem healthy. We, as food junkies, should never eat raw eggs that may cause damaging health, as well.
- Jenn Smith