Another worm question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by n1st, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. n1st

    n1st Out Of The Brooder

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    How long does it take for chickens to recover from worms?? After we wormed Melissa I saw some worms in her stool, but she hasn't gotten any better. All she does is stand there with her feathers kind of ruffled, still drinking ALOT of water, and having diarrhea. We've wormed her a few times. When will she start getting fatter, not having diarrhea, etc.?

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  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Give her some probiotics to rebalance her system, yoghurt with live cultures is one. Stop worming if you are still worming her repeatedly. With most you do it the first time then a second ten days later. Did you have a fecal to know what you were worming for? What did you worm her with?

    Give her some warmth, a light suspended from the ceiling low enough for her to feel the heat from the light. 99% of the time that they're standing there puffed up they feel cold.

    Mix up some cooked rolled oats, mix in some of her feed. Make it kind of goopy. If you have a pet store get some hand feeding formula for birds, even sick birds are usually willing to eat some of it.

    Check her crop. What does it feel like? The excessive drinking can be a sign of sour crop but that should be revisited later after she's more stable.

    There is also the possibility that so much damage was done by the worms she will never be "right" or may not recover.
     
  3. n1st

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    Hi Robin, Thanks for your help. Well, she not eating any more. We got some of that hand feeding bird feed, and we're feeding her with a eyedropper and syringe. It's VERY hard to feed her, is there any trick to that?? Do you no how often should we feed her? We gave her the wormer, Safegaurd.
    Thank you
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    She either has some other problem or the worm damage is so extensive that she might not recover. I am also concerned about the repeated worming.

    What do you mean by that because if you wormed more than recommended then she might have been poisoned by the wormer.

    I have one other question, what form of Safe Guard did you use? The one formulated for poultry?
     
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  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    can you tell us exactly what dosage and how often/length of time you wormed ?
     
  6. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Try feeding her some steamed rice that will eliminate the diarrhea and chickens love it. You may want to add DE to her feed I have never experience worms since I feed my chickens DE on a regular basis and it is not harsh on their system.
     
  7. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Just so you're aware of this, I am seeing more posts that bascially go "I've always had my birds on DE but they have worms."

    Geography plays a huge roll in what kinds, how much and how to treat. Same goes for any innoculations you choose to give. The same as what each state's regulations are to off label use of drugs.

    Using blanket statements about many of the ways we keep our birds is dependant on where we live and can be harmful when followed blindly.

    My suggestion would be if you choose to go the DE route have fecals done once a year to verify that it is doing the job.
     
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  8. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every living creature has worms and parasites including humans that is a true factual statement believe it or not. If you have animals then you have them also. The most we can do is try to keep them under control so that they don’t affect our health or our animal’s health. I have been able to control them myself though the use of a tincture consisting of black walnut hulls, wormwood, cloves and other herbs along with DE. I have also had the parasite giardia, which I contacted though some contaminated water and was successful in cleansing myself of it naturally without the use of a toxic harsh chemical that has numerous side effects. You will never completely rid yourself or your animals of worms and parasites but you can mange them and keep them under control so they don’t poison you and cause you or your animals health to deteriorate.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It is a fact that a healthy chicken usually carries a small worm load anyway. It's just when it gets out of hand, we end up with sick chickens.
     
  10. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    ...and vice versa
     

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