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Is it only a matter of time before chickens get worms! I'm a new chicken mom and my babies are only 2 weeks old but I want to be prepared. Do you preventatively treat them? I know you have to worm cats that live outside. I guess especially if your chickens catch and eat mice they would get worms. What should I keep on hand and when do they get de-wormed?

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

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Is it only a matter of time before chickens get worms! I'm a new chicken mom and my babies are only 2 weeks old but I want to be prepared. Do you preventatively treat them? I know you have to worm cats that live outside. I guess especially if your chickens catch and eat mice they would get worms. What should I keep on hand and when do they get de-wormed?

How many chickens do you have?

-Kathy
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I have 9 and plan to add 8-10 more when these are about 6 months old. Their coop is 8'x15' fully enclosed. They will have a large run area. (Larger than their coop.)

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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I have 9 and plan to add 8-10 more when these are about 6 months old. Their coop is 8'x15' fully enclosed. They will have a large run area. (Larger than their coop.)

You should probably invest in some Valbazen (albendazole).

-Kathy
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When do they get worming medicine?

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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When do they get worming medicine?

The best thing to do would be to collect a bunch of fresh poop, place it in a ziplock bag, stir well and have a vet do a fecal egg count. I worm at least twice a year, but some people worm more often.

-Kathy
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