I found this morning that my birds have worms. Quite a surprise for me since I keep plenty of DE in their feed. Anyway, I've been reading the posts on worming and see that Eprinex is good, but I don't have any. What I do have is ivermectin injectable that we bought when a man we bought a dog from said he gives it by mouth to prevent worms/heartworms. We no longer have the dog but I still have the Ivermectin. Can I give this to the birds? In their water or by beak?
Ivermectin as Wormer?
Becky, MS State Vet School has a poultry division that is a very good website. If I'm not mistaken they have a formulary for giving Ivomec to chicks and birds. You will need the 1% (not the Plus) and some propolyne(sp?) glycol to mix it with because it will seperate in a non-oil mixture. It doesn't take very much of the injectable Ivomec since it is a cattle/swine product. If you can't find the formulary let me know and I'll try to look it up.
1/10th cc under the skin at the back of the neck, or orally is the reccomended dosage for a grown chicken. ivermectin is highly overrated as is DE for a chicken wormer. imo there are better wormers for chickens. I have used them all. the white wormers are better(Valbazen ,safeguard. TBZ)
Ok, well it sounds complicated and not that good so I'll see if I can find some Eprinex. Appreciate it folks!!
Do you perhaps mean Glycerol? Commonly called glycerin, it is used in pharmaceuticals whereas propylene and ethylene glycol are used to make antifreeze.
Also, I looked at the msu site and couldnt find any mention of ivermectin. Can you help? It is an off label use and I would like to read what msu recommends regarding its use, particularly a withdrawal time for egg consumption.
Thanks so much,
I did mean Propylene Glycol. It may be an ingredent in antifreeze, but it is also an ingredent in a lot of other things. Hand Sanitizer (Natural brand is what I had in my purse), hand cream (Bova Cream and St. Ives Vitamin E are 2 brands), some makeup. I believe the reason they use it as a diluting agent for the Ivomec is because it is already in the injectable. PPG is commonly used to dilute Ivomec to be given to dogs for demodetic (sp.) mange although you have to be careful because some dogs are sensitive to the Ivomec. Haven't had a chance to look for the website but I'll try to tonight.
Ivermectin is very species specific and can be fatal if given to the wrong animal or in the wrong dosage. I've heard of it being fatal to dogs. Make sure you ask a vet before using it. I would only use it as a last result for something very stubborn like legmites, not for intestinal worms. The right stuff works great but it has not been approved for poultry so no holding period is given (time where its not safe to eat eggs/meat). I used it for a bad case of legmites and didn't eat any eggs for two months to make sure they were safe. In my opinion there are many other worming options that are cheaper and safer. Check out murray mcmurray's or stromberg's websites to find suitable wormers.
- Human Encyclopedia
Here are instructions (I advise the spot-ion as I read a study which showed this to be more effective in the long term than when it is given in the waterer)
...I do not feel you need (with this product) to worry about a withdrawal time for the eggs though 14 days should be more than sufficient...