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Using Safe-Guard Dewormer for Goats

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Ok...I'm fairly new to chicken keeping...Have a hen who has stopped laying and just generally seems like she's not feeling her best. After reading and reading on this forum have about come to the occlusion that she probably needs to be dewormed (which I've never done) or dusted for lice/mites. Anyway planning on dusting her first since she seems to be scratching quite a bit.


Next I've also concluded from suggestions that Safe-Guard for goats would be a pretty good wormer to use and is readily available in my area.


My questions are:

1.  I've seen so many posts on this but still not sure how to administer. Should I put in her water or put in syringe down her throat? The latter I've never done and need to know how to do this. Want to make sure of dosage and how to adminster.

2.  Should I also give to my other 2 hens not in the came coop but do free range together?


Any link to a previous post would be fine. And...thank you to anyone who can help me even though this has been brought up many times before. Just so much info available it's overwhelming to me.


Thanks again.

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Copied from the "Helpful references and links" sticky in this forum:



All three wormers have the standard two week withdrawal period (do not eat eggs or slaughter for consumption before the end of the withdrawal period). It is best to to do a second worming 10-14 days after the initial worming to kill larva that the first dosing might have missed, effectively ending the worms reproduction and life cycle.  It's best to use Valbazen first (it slowly kills worms over several days preventing toxic worm overload) then 10 days later repeat worming with Safeguard.

Wazine - the only wormer labeled for use in chickens, but it only treats large round worms.  Follow label instructions.

Valbazen (albendazole) - a liquid cattle/sheep wormer. Dosage is given orally, 1/2cc for standard size chickens and 1/4cc for smaller chickens.

Safeguard paste (fenbendazole) - an equine wormer. Dosage is a "pea" size amount given to each chicken orally. Safeguard liquid goat wormer is given orally; 1cc for giants, 3/4cc for large chickens/roosters, 1/2cc for standard size and 1/4cc for smaller chickens.

See this pdf flier from Aviagen for worm pics and recommended wormers.


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