Last week I saw a tiny worm in my 5 year old chicken's poop. Freaky. :P It was clear and maybe a quarter inch...I had to be very up close to see it. My hen also seems lighter & with less of an appetite & some runny poo.
I have had two hens in the past who had diarrhea for a couple weeks, lost appetite and weight, and then died. It was bad & they were obviously uncomfortable/in pain. I followed a clueless shop owner's advice and used antibiotic in water which did nothing. I also tried verm x once but I think it's more a preventative/supplement?
I'm suspecting these hens had bad worm infestation. I don't know what else it could have been? I just have a happy small flock that I let free range in my yard in sunny southern Cali.
What steps should I take to keep my remaining hens healthy? Go to the vet? Or is there a broad spectrum wormer to get? I have little experience with this & guilt from the past. I just want healthy hens. Please help.
Btw my chickens also had tapeworms a few years ago (segments in poo) but they seemed to go away..I tried valbazen back then only once and was scared if it's even safe for hens. The local feed stores didn't know anything about it which was weird. It was also hard getting the medication into their mouths with the syringe & they would shake their heads