Originally Posted by bucky52
No I have never had a fecal count. I have always wormed my hens in the spring and again in the fall. I use safeguard and than use a different wormer the following year. I had read you should not worm your hens. Unless you see worms in their poop.I had ordered zyfend wormer but never used it.And decided to give it a try..I have doubts about the natural wormers.I Have a hen (Fancy is her name)that always has a poopy but. She never cleans her self. I clean her up and decided to give her a dose of safe guard. As I go about cleaning the poop board under the roost area. I seen no worms. I clean their poop board every morning. I have seen round worms in their droppings before.And I do realize their are different types of worms they can pick up.My Hens ages range from five to 2 years old.Most of them have retired from laying.
Large roundworms and tapeworms are large enough to see, but cecal worms and capillary worms are very small, so you're unlikely to see those. As already suggested, a fecal test is really the way to diagnose and treat worms.
If your vet can/won't do them, try this place:
Poop Tests - Veterinary Parasitology Laboratory