4 Week Old Chicks Not Thriving [moved to another forum]

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by strawberryfields, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. strawberryfields

    strawberryfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    121
    1
    111
    Jan 9, 2010
    Sorry!

    Posted in the wrong forum. Please remove :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2010
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    13,295
    18
    291
    Aug 25, 2008
    SC
    I'm afraid I am going to start a long discussion here.... maybe not! [​IMG]

    But I only worm if I KNOW there are worms in the group. I don't believe in administering any medications unless they are truly needed - not as a preventative on a "might be" kind of thing. I have no problem using meds when needed and don't hesitate to put them to work if I have to.

    Do you know for a fact that you have a worm problem? Some vets will do a fecal float test very inexpensively, it's worth calling around.

    As far as the chicks not thriving, it's hard to say without details. Since I rarely worm, I can't say for sure, but unless there is clear evidence of worms I would not do it at that age. Especially since those particular chicks are already struggling to live. Are they on medicated chick starter feed? The biggest danger to young chicks as far as parasites is coccidia, and medicated feed prevents that.
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    13,295
    18
    291
    Aug 25, 2008
    SC
    LOL, I meant to tell you to change it and forgot! [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by