Originally Posted by RoccoM
Last year when this happened she got really skiddish and would run away from the other girls she seemed to have more flighty energy. This time is different. I'm pretty concerned about her. I have never dewormed my chickens. I read that it's not necessary for chickens? have I been wrong at not doing this? I also read that chickens can live up past 15. Is 5 years getting up there? Thanks so much for your responses I appreciate your advise this is my first flock of chickens so I'm still learning
Chickens do get worms, just like any other animal, maybe even more so simply due to their lifestyle. If you prefer not to give dewormer on a regular basis then a good idea is to have a vet test a fecal sample for you. Gather several droppings from different birds and have them tested. If anything shows up you can treat for it. If going by this method do the samples regularly. Chickens can live with a certain amount of worms but worms are very damaging and eventually they can overwhelm even a healthy bird. I personally see no reason to loose birds to something so easily controlled.
In my opinion 5 is not old, I have had chickens live much longer. There are a few people on this forum who have reported 10 year old and older chickens. However, it is also not unusual to loose birds much younger. They are prone to tumors, diseases and, in layers, reproductive tract/egg laying issues as well. So it's really impossible to predict a lifespan in these birds. I've had birds die at two years old from internal laying, others that were still going and even laying a few eggs at 7 years old.