Originally Posted by onvirginiasoil
As to the argument that if ivermectin worked in chickens it would be marketed that way: sorry, this simply isn't the case. Ivermectin does work in chickens, just as it works in goats. Why not say so on the label? Because it costs manufacturers a bundle of money to have drugs cleared for other species. Had I used only what is labeled for deworming goats, which consists only of Safeguard, I'd have a lot of dead goats, especially if I put any store in the label directions. Chickens are a bigger industry than goats, granted, but sometimes the best products for chickens are off-label too.
I rarely take part in forums, but when an animal's life is at stake, that motivates me. It's good to get the facts straight before venturing an opinion. My facts are straight. Do the research.
, welcome to BYC! Not sure what facts you're talking about, so maybe you could let us know?
There are studies that show ivermectin isn't effective in treating capillary worms and gapeworms. Lots of people on BYC have used it and lost or almost lost their birds to worms.
I've been doing some experiments with it recently and have discovered that at ~1 mg/kg to 1.5 mg/kg it will treat poultry lice.
As for the label on products, like the one for goats, I think they're pretty conservative. The label on the bottle says 5 mg/kg, but I've read that some types of goat worms need several days of treatment, and possibly at a higher dose.
Another thing about labels... Labeled doses on products made for mammals are not usually the correct amount for poultry.
While Safeguard might be the only "approved" goat wormer, all other wormers can be used, though I'm not sure which ones treat what goat worms.
Some wormers are toxic to some species. Albendazole is a good example... Can be toxic to crias, doves and pigeons. There's another that's toxic to geese.
-KathyEdited by casportpony - 5/2/16 at 9:47am