6 week old chicks do they need meds? worming?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickypets, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. chickypets

    chickypets Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    I am new to this. Got some fertile eggs for my broody hen and now have two lovely chicks but I cant find info anywhere on when to start worming them etc. I have just changed them to pullet growth food - but thats all I have done. Is there any medicating things I should know?? Hopefully I haven't missed the time frame for anything.

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  2. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never wormed or medicated any of my chickens. I do let them range during the day, so that could help their immunity. Lots of other people have posted about medicating schedules so I'd search the forum.
     
  3. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I wouldn't start worming the chickens until they were at least 6 months or older. Until they are outside and foraging off the ground then there isn't a good way for the chicks to get worms. Then worm at least twice a year with Wazine followed up 2 weeks later with Ivermectin if needed. You can eat the eggs when using the Wazine, but you'll need to toss or feed the eggs back to the chickens for 2 weeks when using Ivermectin. I scramble the eggs. I would never feed the chickens raw eggs.
     
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:If those chicks are only 6 weeks old they should still be on chick starter. I don't worm either.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I am new to chickens in the last year, but most experts recommend valbazen for worms, since it kills all worms that chickens get including tapeworm. 1/2 ml. for a full size grown chicken and 1/4 ml. for a bantie, followed by a second dose in 10 days, then toss your eggs for 24 days (do not feed back to chicks. Young chicks like yours do not need worming until they are grown (6-7months.)
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    OMG, who are all these experts??? These chicks are 6 weeks old and I don't believe they need to wormed yet. How do you all ever get any eggs to eat, what with worming & dosing with ivermectin & Sevin constantly?? Just don't get it, but to each his own.
     

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