I know TSC has deworming medication. They probably have Tylan too - but I got mine at the Town & Country pet store. Check TSC online, it should list the med and their prices. I typically spend between $15-$20 for a bottle of medication, but then it seems to last forever. You may need to pick up a couple needles and syringes too - while I injected Tylan, a need is helpful to give deworming medication through the skin too
It's supposed to get down to 14 degrees tonight! This is the coldest my chickens have experienced. I have clear plastic all around their pen, and their coop is sheltered on 3 sides, so I think they'll be fine, but I'm not looking forward to trudging out to give them unfrozen water first thing in the morning! I'll have to set up the coffee pot first, for sure. Do you all do anything special to prepare for the freezing winter nights?
I do not do anything special. I have one coop that is more open than that - being protected from the wind is most important! You do want at least one side open to allow for adequate ventilation. Improper ventilation makes things more Wet AND Cold and I think is worse off. On a side note. I have chicks that hatched on New Years outside in a brooder. I was worried the brooder would not stay warm enough with the cold temperatures, but the newborn chicks did fine! It was very reassuring. As for water, I have a few buckets that I bring in the house and fill up and bring out in the morning. They are happy to drink from the buckets. I do not hassle with fixing their "waterers" in the cold, but rather bring out a new source. I often need to leave before sunrise, so I bring out warm water so it doesn't freeze, and it cools down a bit before they wake up.
It was 13 last night in the mountains where we are. I believe it will drop even lower tonight. I have a completely enclosed coop for my chickens. However, it's not insulated. I am pretty sure they can tolerate even colder temperatures, but I like to make them as comfortable as possible. Last winter I used an electric heater on cold nights. This year I've tried a red heating brooder lamp that I used for my chicks last spring. It does keep the temperature a few degrees warmer than outside. I use a heated base (had to make an investment) for their waterer, which is very convenient, since it only comes on when the surrounding temperature falls below freezing and keeps their water from freezing without heating the water. So, my chickens are very well taken care of, though my rooster still managed to freeze one of his wattles, it's already black. Unfortunately, I don't know how to prevent that, since it happens when they go out in the morning before it warms up. I still have to go out and take care of my turkeys that were not really a planned addition, so they don't have any conveniences aside from a tarp over their heads and a place above ground to perch on, so they are pretty much in the open, and I have to get them warm water in the morning to keep it from freezing before the air warms up. I am not looking forward to it lol.
You flock sounds pretty well off! I was just reassured letting my 5wk chicks out on their own without a heat lamp. They are maintaining temps very well! I bet my chickens would love to join your flock!