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Hello,
I have 6 girls and they refuse to drink any of the worming water when I put it out for them.
obviously thats not healthy for them at all so I was wondering if it would still be effective if I make up the correct dosage and then soak the layer pellets in that and feed them the crumbled mushy pellets, because they love mushy pellets?
Thanks
post #2 of 9

Welcome to BYC. What brand of wormer are you using? Putting the wormer in water or in feed can be difficult in knowing that they have taken the correct dosage. Putting something like Wazine (piperazine) in the water (30 ml or 1 ounce per gallon)  is in the correct ratio supposedly if a chicken drinks a normal amount of water. They probably won't drink a whole gallon if there are only 6, but if you add that gallon to feed, they could either take too much or not enough. You also run the risk of them not eating it because they don't like the taste. That's why with only 6 chickens, I would use something like Valbazen, where you give each hen 1/2 ml orally with a syringe, and then repeat that dose in 10 days. That dosage is for a regular sized hen.

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Originally Posted by bec1687 View Post

Hello,
I have 6 girls and they refuse to drink any of the worming water when I put it out for them.
obviously thats not healthy for them at all so I was wondering if it would still be effective if I make up the correct dosage and then soak the layer pellets in that and feed them the crumbled mushy pellets, because they love mushy pellets?
Thanks

Welcome to BYC! I don't see why you couldn't make a mash out of the medicated water.Of course worming orally with something like Valbazen (albendazole) or Safeguard (fenbendazole) would be best, but Wazine (piperazine) mash should be fine. :D

 

-Kathy

post #4 of 9
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Hi, thanks for your reply's.
I currently use killverm, the active ingredient in that is 14g/L levamisole (equivalent to 16.5g/L levamisole hydrochloride)
the dose rate is 10ml per 200ml of water so I give them 100ml in a 2 litre bucket of water.
they do eat the pellets soaked in wormer water because when I change their water after a day I pour it over the pellets that I tip out of their food container so I can give them new food. They actually go nuts over it, it can get a bit messy because they eat it so fast.
what will happen if they get too much? I had never considered that they could have too much of the wormer.
I have zero chance of picking half of them up, they are just too skittish and really stress out if I try to pick them up, even when they are settling down for the night.
thanks again
post #5 of 9

I was just reading about the administration of levamisole on chickens, and it stated that the medicated water be given over 6 hours. Here is the link I was reading that has good instructions for poultry:  http://www.genera.hr/pro/en/1617/#.Vm808_krKUk

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I'm also looking into it (thinking about doing an experiment - insert evil laugh), and someone found this for me:

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 Leviamisole Solutions

52 gram (1.84 oz) pkt Tramisol in 100 gallons water
-or-
13 gram (.46 oz) pkt Tramisol in 25 gallons water
-or-
52 gram (1.84 oz) pkt in 3 qt water (stock solution)

Dissolve the 52 gram packet of "Tramisol Cattle and Sheep Wormer" or the 13 gram packet of "Tramisol Sheep Drench Powder" into the appropriate amount of water. If the stock solution is used with a water proportioner, be sure that the stock solution is dispensed at the rate of 1 oz/gallon in the drinking water.

Any of the solutions are effective at treating Capillaria (capillary worms), Heterakis(cecal worms), and Ascaridia (roundworms). The solutions contain .5 gram of leviamisole per gallon of water. Allow the birds to drink the solution for one day, then remove. In severe cases, the treatment can be repeated every 5-7 days.

Source: http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html

 

-Kathy

post #7 of 9
Yeah my chickens think it tastes like crap too lol

I have had some success adding the individual dose (it can be worked out from bottle) to bread and feeding them that one bird at a time. Just can't put too much on each piece or they won't touch it either. I have thought maybe hide it in individual serves of something stronger tasting like sardines that they will wolf down quickly. Of course if you have 50 birds this wouldn't really be an option ;-)
Edited by appps - 12/14/15 at 1:53pm

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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post #8 of 9

For pigeons I found this:

 

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Levamisole (Tramisol, Levasol, Ripercol): Good against roundworms, but usually fails when used to treat capillaria (thread) worms or stomach wall worms.

Dose : 1 to 1.5 grams per gallon for 1-2 days. NOTE: This dosage often causes some pigeons to vomit. This drug is an immune stimulant even at lower dosages.

Source: http://www.homingpigeon.com/article/Dosage.html

 

-Kathy

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Originally Posted by Eggcessive View Post
 

I was just reading about the administration of levamisole on chickens, and it stated that the medicated water be given over 6 hours. Here is the link I was reading that has good instructions for poultry:  http://www.genera.hr/pro/en/1617/#.Vm808_krKUk

Good link, thanks!

 

-Kathy

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