Here I am again about my RI Red cock. He is three years old and has been sick for two months. I have posted previously about him. Took him to vet who dewormed him, de something else him and suggested vitamin drench three times a day. That was three weeks ago.
Red has lost a lot of weight, his comb looks all white and sad. He has lost a lot of his plumagge. He is clearly weak and can barely walk at this point. I self diagnosed him yesterday -- we took fecal to the vet and he found worm eggs. At which point I started reading up on worms. Red also does a weird opening of beak as if to crow. He doesn't really move his head about. or toss it back. Gape worm? I looked into his throat and didn't see any beady eyes looking back . . .
We also found a few disgusting skinny worms on the poop board where hens sit. Because the vet suggested Wazine for all, I put that out in their water last night and a fresh batch this morning, all other water sources gone. I have given them yogurt with lots of cayenne and garlic powder. Pumpkin seeds--all clearly too late as a preventative not a cure. Because I wanted to be sure Red got some, I used the syringe I've used for the vitamin drench and put some yogurt down his gullet and then some treated water.
I have read way too many different posts of too different toxins from verm-X to safeguard and have absolutely no idea what to do or use. I seem to have terrible luck with these wonderful birds. Bumble foot to frost bite to worms, I am doing something wrong and the poor clucks have to suffer.
Please send me a suggestion what to do. I hate to see Big Red stumble about. The hens hang out with him to keep him company so he isn't being pecked at or anything. Even our three month old cockerel seems to hang out with him thus far with no problems.
What to give him, or do I just give up?
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