Ectoparasite

Small and Backyard Flocks November 01, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

An ectoparasite is any parasite that lives on the outer surface of the host animal (see the examples below). Also simply referred to as an external parasite.

Figure 1. Stick-tight fleas attached around the eye of a chicken. Source: Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky.

 
Figure 2. Scaly leg mites infecting the legs of a chicken. Source: Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky.
 
For more information, refer to the page on controlling external parasites.