Originally Posted by MThomas08
Thank you so much everyone, I can't find Ivermectine around my area and a phamarcy at the vet won't sell it to us because it's off label, but we did purchase one online last night so hopefully it will arrive soon.
What I got in hands at the moment is "Aristopet Mite & Lice for Ornamental Birds", "Vaseline", "Chlorhexidine" and "Pestene Insect Powder" but I will try to get the rest above you all mentioned, I will keep you posted.
Could you please also teach me what the best way to worm my chickens? I'm pretty sure now that they have got worm. Thank you so much for your advice, greatly appreciate it.
Yes, you have to order Ivermectin. Most feed stores just don't carry it. You should start with the vaseline tomorrow. Stand the bird in a warm tub of water and gently wash off all the dirt and crud. Get the feet dry and then slather on the vaseline. Keep this bird in a clean place too after applying the vaseline so gunk doesn't get stuck to the vaseline.
Worming....many feed stores carry Safeguard Liquid Goat Wormer. It is usually around the horse section. Get an empty syringe, no needle and you are going to give this orally down the throat. Generally it is 1/2 ml for large breeds, 1/4 ml for Bantams. So dose somewhere in between these for Silkies. Once a day for 3 days straight. Repeat in 10 days.
If you can't find the liquid goat wormer, you can also use the Equine Safeguard Paste. Not as effective but still works well. You can get this stuff at feed stores and even Walmart in the pet section. A pea sized or a bit smaller dolup on a piece of bread once for each chicken. Repeat in 10 days.
Wazine can also be used, but is only effective on Round Worms only. They are the most common worm in poultry, however there are other worms that can kill your birds as well. So I don't use Wazine much. However if this is all you can find, it is dosed 1 tablespoon Wazine to 1 gallon of water. Let them drink this for 2 full days. Repeat in 10 days.
I like to offer up probiotics as well in the water after worming to help rebuild the good bacteria in the birds system that could have been lost through worms and the chemicals used to rid them of parasites.