Originally Posted by LuckysMum
Fancy I’m glad you didn’t get the high winds. You were due for a break.
Anniebee How’s Sonya now?
Appps Poor Penny, our silkies have grown up with the Australorps and are fine but there are 6 silkies and 8 Australorps so they are fine. They all cuddle up at night. I can’t even see the silkies.
sjturner congrats on the egg from your fizzle. What eggs are you putting in the incubator.
I put 12 eggs in a week ago and it looks like only 6 and doing anything.
Teila cheeky girls I’m glad you got one up on them.
I have never wormed my girls and I’ve never seen any signs of worms. Should I do it anyway.
Thank you for asking LuckysMum ....
Sonya has improved greatly - one might say ' in leaps and bounds ' which is something she is back to doing. Today I am re-introducing her puppy kibble to the chicken and rice she's been on for her tummy to settle, and tomorrow she should be back to 80% that and 20% rice. After that it's all her own food. Plus continuing of anti-biotic, and a half tspn of yakult, or shallow teaspoonful of yoghurt. She is also on Peptosol but the last dose of that is tonight ... ( like pepto-bismol ).
As for worming - many people have different ideas about it - in terms of how often that is, but they really all should be wormed. Some do it as per the instructions from salespeople, which is I think, a way of selling more product ( every two weeks throughout their life ?? ) .... now that mine are grown, they get wormed approx. every two months.
I think when very young pullets, they should be wormed more often than that. I use a mixture that goes into the water - introduced and left until they have drunk it all, but - not left for more than 40 hours or so. There are tablets that can be popped down their throats, or crushed and mixed with a bowl of mash for individual birds ( that can be tricky, particularly if you have quite a lot of birds ) ... Avitrol Plus wormer tablets.
I only have 3 hens, and once I am out of the worming liquid, I will be doing the crushed tablet thing - as it is easy to separate my 3 to have their individual bowls of food. I don't know how large the tablets are. I did have to administer down one birds throat very tiny a/b pills, which was easy enough. I wouldn't like to think one could choke on a large tablet. Am not looking forward to the winter dose of worming mix in water - as they don't drink a lot during the winter. !! Might mix a little of that in with individual food, but will have to check if I can do that, safely - and exactly how much each bird gets.
Worms are not always seen .... if they are seen, then I believe a hen showing them in droppings would be heavily infested. More experienced people here could tell you more about that.