Advice needed on De-Worming Chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wbruder17, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    What is a good/ safe de-wormer for chickens?

    Can you still eat their eggs afterwards?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  2. Subgauge

    Subgauge In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2009
    Western PA
    I use cayanne pepper and/or DE.

    Cayanne is easy just mix it with their food, doesn't hurt the chickens, and the eggs are safe to eat during this process. Use red lake DE and do the same, a one two punch so to speak.

    Do a search on natural worming and many threads will come up.
  3. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Songster

    Nov 28, 2010
    New Ringgold Pa
    Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
    •Diatomaceous earth (DE) contains the remains of microscopic organisms called diatoms, whose shells are composed primarily of silicon. The sharp edges of the diatoms' shells destroy the worms in the chickens' digestive systems through desiccation, which dries out the worm. To use DE to control or prevent parasitic worms, chickens need to ingest food-grade DE along with their feed. Check with your veterinarian to determine exact dosages.
    •Garlic powder can be sprinkled on feed or dissolved in water. Fresh garlic can also be chopped and mixed into feed. Excessive use of garlic might temporarily flavor eggs. Using garlic in conjunction with other remedies could yield better results. The University of Kentucky Extension Service recommends using both garlic and mint plants together for maximum results.
    Cayenne Pepper
    •Similar to garlic, cayenne pepper can be used to help protect your flock against parasitic worms. The exact mechanism for why this works is not known, although a star ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which is well known for its ability to improve body functions. Cayenne pepper is not as palatable to chickens as garlic, so you may have to adjust the mixture of cayenne pepper and feed until your chickens are comfortable. As with garlic, chicken eggs might have a slightly different flavor after the introduction of cayenne pepper into the chickens' feed.

    Read more: Natural Wormers for Chickens |

    PARASITE CONTROL: Food grade diatomaceous earth makes a very effective natural insecticide. The insecticidal quality of diatomaceous earth is due to the razor sharp edges of the diatom remains. When diatomaceous earth comes in contact with the insects, the sharp edges lacerate the bugs waxy exoskeleton and then the powdery diatomaceous earth absorbs the body fluids causing death from dehydration.

    Food grade diatomaceous earth has been used for at least two decades as a natural wormer for livestock. Some believe diatomaceous earth scratches and dehydrates parasites. Some scientists believe that diatomaceous earth is a de-ionizer or de-energizer of worms or parasites. Regardless, people report definite control. To be most effective, food grade diatomaceous earth must be fed long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. A minimum of 60 days is suggested by many, 90 days is advised for lungworms.

    Food grade diatomaceous earth works in a purely physical/mechanical manner, not "chemical" and thus has no chemical toxicity. Best yet, parasites don’t build up a tolerance/immunity to its chemical reaction, so rotation of wormers is unnecessary.

    People often ask why our DE is rated Food Chemical Codex Grade. If it was only labeled as "food" grade, people would think it is only useful as a food supplement and since DE "acts" like a chemical by dehydrating insects, it was labeled "Chemical" grade since it acts like a chemical, but it is NOT a true chemical like a pesticide or insecticide. It is perfectly safe for oral consumption.

    5% in feed


    I hope this helps
  4. chicken_crazy93

    chicken_crazy93 Chirping

    Oct 24, 2010
    The way I worm & I worm twice a year, once in Fall & once in Spring, is use 1oz. of WAZINE to a gallon of water, 4 cap fulls of WAZINE = 1OZ., & make sure it's the only water they get for 24 hours. Then I wait 7 days and worm them with ZIMECTRIN GOLD, 1-pea size drop for LF & 1-BB size drop for Bantys. You only need to use the WAZINE one time not both. I keep WAZINE on hand for new birds I may get. I don't eat their eggs for 10 days. I hope this helps.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011
  5. is it ok to cook the eggs and feed them back to the chickens?
  6. chicken_crazy93

    chicken_crazy93 Chirping

    Oct 24, 2010
    Some people do but I don't.
  7. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    DE can be a preventative, but will not remove a population already there.

    probably the best to use is Ivomec Eprinex. All you have to do is drip some on the skin (NOT feathers) at the back of the neck.............Yes, INTERNAL parasites, i mean..........

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