Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley
Originally Posted by Roada Red
Isn't that for horses
It will be "off label" for chickens and poultry (turkeys, etc.).
Most worming agents are not FDA approved for poultry simply because the commercial industry does not desire to pay for the testing on poultry since they cull regularly (short lives, high turn over). Younger birds have less worm overload. This is true for chickens and even truer for turkeys as their life span is very short...they are killed for table use before a high worm over load occurs.
Most of the mentioned meds have been used in the past for poultry, and even studied in Ag programs, so a number of them have a track record for poultry use. I'll link such an example for fenbendazole for Turkey use:
If you are concerned for on label use only, that you can administer without a vet, then your only choice for chickens that lay eggs for human consumption is Hygromycin B found in Rooster Booster Triple Action Multi Wormer for poultry (it addresses 3 types of worms: round, cecal, and capillary). It is intended for continuous feed, but many small holders will feed for 2 to 4 weeks (depending upon infestation) 2 to 3 times a year.
Turkeys are a bit different, and my regulations are not up on them as I haven't had turkeys for a few years (I keep hens that lay eggs for human consumption which I sell...hence I keep up on the regs for them...or try to).
You can check what is on label for turkeys at the FDA here:
The wormers currently on list that I can see right now (and note this list is updated and changes periodically) appears to be:
Pig Wormer with piperazine and Wazine, which will address only round worms.
Most of the meds approved for turkeys are focused on bacterial infections and are antibiotics or drugs directed at the protozoa behind blackhead and coccidiosis for turkeys.
However, many backyard owners are not concerned with FDA approval and treat from advice from experienced poultry keepers...such as our own BYC Castportpony, which means off label use of certain drugs.
If you prefer, some vets will treat poultry and can certainly prescribe off label use for your turkey. However, there is the expense of the vet, and I've personally found many vets are not educated in poultry care and are not willing to treat poultry. If they are, they are typically educated for industry standard. My daughter was lucky to work as a Vet Tech for an avian vet when we discovered tape worm in one of my chickens (she'd take in samples periodically to practice her skills as she worked through the college Vet Tech program)....that is how I learned the difficulty in treating tape worm in chickens, on label and off label use, and most of my knowledge of worming in general.
Always double check information before treating your animal, and if in doubt, ask a vet.