Originally Posted by Bridebeliever
Please tell us what it is you do to prevent them. I feel keeping a clean healthy coop and keeping them with clean water and good quality food and allowing them outside everyday for free range is my part in keeping them healthy. I don't overcrowd either. Is that all there is to it or should I be doing more? (Supplements like garlic, pumpkin, vitamins?). Also, I don't give them human food...is that okay? I frequently hear of people giving their chickens the equivalent of "slop" from their table like you would give to a pig.
Well, most of what you just stated is exactly what I do
Cleanliness, fresh water daily, good quality fresh feed, which I ferment for the benefit if the microbes to keep their gut flora healthy; I have been known to dose their water with raw ACV in summer when they're out eating worm loaded insects.
In bigger animals like the sheep and cattle, we depend on pasture rotation and dung beetles take care if the rest, but we also have a nice freezing winter to help with control of certain parasites.I'm not trying to prevent them from getting a few worms; I'm keeping them from getting infested.
The herbs and plants that I grow specifically fircworm loads are wormwood, garlic, dill, and nettles. I also use pumkins and their seeds contain a natural anthelmintic, so even if I were to think an infestation were imminent, out come the pumpkins, garlic, and wormwood, but the animals have proven themselves smarter than me lol; as long as I provide access to these things, and keep their little guts healthy, they can self medicate and let their healthy little immune systems take care of the rest
Pumpkin seeds. Natural wormer. No need for the chemicals when a few pumpkins every fall will do it for me, wormwood does it for me in spring, nettles in summer, and garlic all year in case needed.
And yes lol, the links are out there on another post, of all the plants just mentioned... I now need to go find that ha-ha
Edit* oh! Ha-ha those links are on page one of this thread
Oh, and I'm most definitely a "slop" feeder lol... But nothing rotten or questionable, mostly dinner leftovers and scraps from the garden, beet tops and whatnot; they really go to town on pasta ha-ha... No raw meat though, cooked thoroughly meat; they do eat mice and frogs though, so I know they do have access to wormy wild food, even if I avoid feeding it to them Edited by shortgrass - 12/12/15 at 5:04am