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Do my chicks have worms?

post #1 of 6
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Hi everyone! Totally new poster here, and totally new to chickens (and totally panicking about everything). Can anyone tell me if this looks like a worm, or just really thin baby chick poop? Do worms break apart?
post #2 of 6
Those look most like shed intestinal lining, which can be normal. The absolute earliest you will see worms in a chicks poop is at 3 weeks old due to parasitic life cycles.
post #3 of 6
Here's the infamous "poop chart". It's been very helpful to me.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0

Every day is a gift... enjoy it...

 
White & Buff Ameraucanas, & also Bantam Lavender/Self Blue Ameraucanas
 

2 kids, 1 cat, and lots of chickens (mostly Ameraucanas)

 

 

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Every day is a gift... enjoy it...

 
White & Buff Ameraucanas, & also Bantam Lavender/Self Blue Ameraucanas
 

2 kids, 1 cat, and lots of chickens (mostly Ameraucanas)

 

 

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post #4 of 6

Unless chicks have been exposed to other chickens that may carry an infestation, or possible egg infested soil, either by spending time outside, or soil placed in their brooder, it's highly unlikely that they will have worms. You can start treating them as preventative when they are a bit older, a vet friend of mine recommended I wait until mine are 1 month old at least. 

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much! I really appreciate the responses, and the poop chart! I'll make sure I keep an eye on their droppings. smile.png
post #6 of 6
Hi! I am having the same situation with my 2 day old chicks. My first thought was also worms which got me very nervous! I still don't know if it is worms, but I understand I can't treat them this young. Any ideas???
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