Introduction: Fantail Pigeons - How to Remove Ticks Using Tea Tree Essential Oil. Organic Pigeon Care. Comment Traiter Un Tique.

This is the way I have successfully removed ticks on the few occasions they have attached themselves to our fantail pigeons.
You will need:
A cotton bud
a couple of drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
A pair of tweezers
A lot of patience
A steady hand.

C'est la facon dont j'ai reussi à retirer les tiques sur les rares occasions qu'ils s'etaient attaches a nos pigeons paons.
Vous aurez besoin de:
quelques gouttes d'huile essentielle de Tea Tree
un batonnet
une paire de pincettes
beaucoup de patience
la main ferme.


VadimS (author)2012-09-21

Just my 2 cents, but I don't recommend using tea tree oil on a wound.
It seems to work nicely at knocking out/killing the tick.
It's a good disinfectant, but does kill tissue, after removing the tick, a bit of alcohol to clean and off the shelf polysporin would be much better.
A lethal dose for a pidgin would only be a couple grams.

Pavlovafowl (author)VadimS2012-09-22

Thanks for watching and commenting, much appreciated. I use Tea Tree because it is an excellent treatment for wounds on organic poultry, I only use it pure when there is a possible chance of infection, such as here and in the case of the infected predator attack wound on my other pigeon. In the latter case, if you have seen the video, you will have observed the pigeon was in a terrible way and the Tea Tree cleaned up the wound within a few days. When you think of it I am using two drops on a cotton bud, just a single treatment, which is a miniscule amount. The only peer review research I can find on any ill effects of Tea Tree are that a skin reaction can occur if used pure - this is why I only use it pure in emergencies. If you have the link to the research you have seen, it would be great if you could send it to me, as I am always interested in all aspects of E.O. treatment. Tea tree is powerful, it is one of the few things which can kill the hospital acquired superbug MRSA and as such should be used sparingly on small animals, People who have problems with treating dogs and cats, do so because they do not read the instructions, all remedies are dangerous if used incorrectly. I never use more than 3 drops per bird, although some friends, who are organic farmers, recommend 5 and I never use it for more than 5 treatments in a row and then leave a 5 day break but I've never needed to re-treat. Tea tree can be toxic if ingested and consumed and in large amounts, which I would find hard to imagine as the taste is so strong. A gram of surgical alcohol, so administered, would also kill a pigeon. Although I do not use antibiotics, I researched polysporin. It contains two main antibiotics bacitracin which is highly toxic and polymyxin B which is highly neurotoxic. I'm sticking to Tea Tree, to a remedy which has been used by aboriginal peoples for 50,000 years. Modern antibiotics mostly produced during or after the World Wars are a real and growing problem, 70% of all antibiotics manufactured in the USA is used in the Agrochemical Industry primarily to promote weight gain in intensive battery farming, For the link: (Hogging It!: Estimates of Antimicrobial Abuse in Livestock (2001) The Union of Concerned Scientists). Best Wishes from France, Pavlovafowl aka Sue