Some of my chickens have been having strange poos. Weird orange brown color. Some tarry looking stools. Not cecal poos. I've had chickens for 5 years and never had this issue before. I have close to 50 adult chickens and wasn't catching the culprit odd poopers but was just noticing a lot of abnormal poos, while still seeing some regular poos. Every body is acting normal other than one really old hen.
Anyways, this evening I separated a Cornish rock hen that had an injury. And she pooed in the separate room. Odd poo. Really soft, puddly, orange brown poo. I was staring at it, just wondering if I'd ever figure out why some of my chickens are pooing like this and seen worms. Tiny, short, thin lines swimming in the poo.
So I have several questions:
I'm still trying to pinpoint which worm it is, but I'm guess threadworms. Please correct me if I'm wrong. They were short. Maybe a 1/4 of an inch. Maybe less. Barely visible.
1. What's the best wormer?
-I see a lot of people using Wazine which I almost got a couple of weeks ago when I was suspecting worms but hadn't confirmed. Wazine specifically says not to use in laying hens. It does not give a withdrawal period. Just says not to consume eggs or meats. So this is very confusing and worrisome to me that so many people are using this product.
-Other products are confusing me too. I can't administer individual doses and I'm not interested in the natural products. I want something that's going to get the job done. A drench or feed mix in would be the best option. Cost needs to be reasonable for the amount of birds I'm treating.
Valbazen is something I've come across but I'm unsure of the withdrawal or even the effectiveness as I've read where it's slow.
Any other product recommendations? Remember 50 adults.
2. I have babies in my coop. A few weeks old. They are only divided by a chicken wire wall. (It great for slow introductions.) What can I use on the babies?
3. I also have turkeys, Guinea fowl, and ducks. Do they use the same product as the chickens? And I'm wondering about the water consumption of the ducks vs the chickens if I do a drench. I can separate them if necessary.
Please someone help me. There's so many mix reviews about different worming products and so many that are mentioned that aren't labeled for use in poultry.
Thanks so much in advance. I never had worms in my chickens and I want to buy something for them ASAP.