My mixed breed bantam rooster has worms.
He acts lethargic, never crows, has trouble balancing, etc. We assumed it was mites, so we put him in a seperate area to recover and put Sevin Dust on him. It got rid of the mites but he kept acting strange.
Just a few minutes ago, he pooed and in his poo was a worm: It was about 1" - 1.5" long, white, rounded, and about a mm in diamater.
What type of worm is this? How do you treat it, and, is there anyway to treat it at home, because we don't have a vet near that does chickens? Is it causing his strange, lethargic behaviour and trouble balancing?
UPDATE: We got some Piperazine dewormer. It said it was for cats, they didn't have any specificly for chickens. Should it work? How much should I give him and how should I give it to him?
A few days ago he was looking a lot better, he was able to walk around pretty good and was eating and drinking a lot, but since the weekend, after I gave him the bath, he's been worse than usually: he can barely walk anywhere without flipping over, and, when he does, he just lays there, he hasn't been making much noise, and he needs help remembering where the food and water is.
I'm trying to figure out what made him worsen suddenly: I gave him some of that human dewormer a few days ago in his water, it is out now, though. Could that have poisoned him somehow? Also, he was eating a healthful combination of layer feed, cat food, flax and soybean meal, alfafa pellets, bird's seed, and cayenne pepper, but it ran out about last weekend and he has been on normal layer feed with some cayenne pepper and garlic until I could get around to making him some more. Also, when he had the bath, I ran out of the animal shampoo so used some gently human shampoo. And, he has started loosing LOTS of feathers.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The rooster is looking a little better today. He's having a slightly easier time balancing. He's eating and drinking (I gave him his special food mix). I haven't put the Piperazine in the water yet, because I am waiting a little while after giving him the other wormer.
But he seems to have something funny with one of his legs: whenever he sits or lays, it sticks out in front. No noticable blood or wound. I couldn't say if he was limping, since he is not walking very much at all. Are the worms causing the walking/balancing problem? Is his leg injured?
Also, after we administer the piperazine, how can we tell if his worms have gone?
Any help would be appreciated!
Edited by jayde88 - 7/31/09 at 2:34pm