we have a flock of Guineas and are having issues with Gapeworm that is currently being treated with Fenbendazole.
we wanted to add a flock of chickens next year - with the goal to keep them organically fed and treated and now I am wondering how one could do that
if they get sick or get parasites, how do you treat them without using drugs that would ruin your organic egg status?
I heard mixed opinions about using DE internally, since it works by scratching the "bug's" skin and killing them by drying them out, which would not happen in the moist environment inside a bird's gut
also garlic is supposed to work great in the gut but is not systemic, like some pharmaceuticals and would only work on "critters" in the gut, not something like Gapeworm in the trachea or quill mites inside the feathers - we had to use ivermectin (cattle pour on) to get rid of those in the Guineas one year after weeks of trials with DE and even poultry dust (Sevin is supposed to be off-label for poultry now, too) - the Ivermectin went through and through and the mites were gone, but so were my organic eggs
what do you do if your free ranging birds catch something and you want to keep them organic?
any links or hints much appreciated!
Edited by BennieAnTheJets - 4/7/16 at 12:07pm