Originally Posted by superchemicalgirl
Mine were not cured with pour on ivermectin. I did it twice and still had worms. The dawg (dawg53 I think?) guy on here that's a worm expert said it didn't have good penetration and wasn't surprised it didn't work.
When the worm load gets heavy the hens can have many problems, so I do treat yearly.
I bought and use albendazole: http://www.jefferslivestock.com/product.asp?pn=16387&green=2ddfd400-b13c-c3ae33-c53e-40fd57f31996
You can find directions for it on here as far as weight; I calculated mine out and remember it was somewhere between 0.4 and 0.7 ml per bird, depending on how big the bird was. Albendazole is used in humans and has a pretty short half life.
I have used it in conjunction with the ivermectin pour on. I figure I'm treating them, might as well hit everything I can while I'm throwing out eggs.
Well, that's good to know. Maybe I will treat with both. This .4 - .7 ml per bird, are you putting in their water, on their skin, or down their throat? I guess I'll need to do some research before fall.
Also, does anyone know if their are places that sell those plastic transport crates for poultry locally, or should we just order on-line? DH is refusing to take birds to the butcher in our makeshift cages, after our Gardiner escapee incident.
Some guy had them cheap on Craigslist, but they were in Cumberland, and you had to buy 3, for a total of $90. That is a great price, but I did not want 3, and Cumberland is a long way (although I drove way down that way for my turtle sandbox, which is working great). I asked the guy for one, but he said he really would hate to split them up. Anyway, I'll be ordering one soon, if I can't find a place that sells them.
I like your coop, Mainechick! I don't let mine free-range because of the garden, but they love their large fenced-in area off their run.