Makes sense to me to always keep your chickens wormed with albendazole or Fenbendazole so there's no cecal worms to start with.
Do you use hors wormer??? or do you get this differently and how to you feed it to your birds? Sounds good to me as well.
Yes, I use the Safeguard horse paste. Kills ALL worms except tapes. Valbazen does kill all (including tapes) but I can't find it around here either. I need to get some ordered online. Safeguard is so easy to find, even our WalMart carries it. I give bantam sized chickens an oversized pea-sized drop. LF Cochin sized birds get about a 3/4" ribbon of the paste. It's really safe and difficult to overdose. Then re-dose them 10 days later.
Where do I get lime at??? I'd be interested in that. I had some 3 mo olds come down with e. coli and while I understand how e.coli is in all bird's bodies, I'd still feel better if I could just lime that entire run before putting anyone else there.
Edit, I do have 3 young turkeys (in another pen) so I sympathize with you about blackhead. It's always been a concern of mine and also one of the top reasons I make 200% sure all my other birds and my new birds stay wormed with Safeguard. I'm doing it 3 times a year. People can say what they want about wormers being 'dangerous chemicals' (they're not) but blackhead along with worms are a heck of a lot more dangerous.
Edited by Ksane - 10/31/11 at 6:57am