Any experience with worming pellets?

Kriscam

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Does anyone have experience using these Safe-Guard fenbendazole pellets for worming chickens? If so, could you share dosing advice and/or if they work? It seems an easier way to provide this medication than other methods. Thanks!
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Kriscam

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It isn't labeled for poultry.
Most chicken keepers seem to have to use wormer for other livestock but adjust the dosage. I'm not aware of any deworming products in the US that are officially approved for chickens at this time.
 

coach723

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The issue with pellets is that you have no idea how much they take in. If they take in enough it would be effective, but there is no way to know. Some birds might avoid them all together. Unless you have a really large number of birds it's doable to give them an oral dose, I do two dozen birds every three months. I just lock them in the coop the night before, go out early in the morning and take them off the roost one at a time and dose. Turn them out into the run, when the coop is empty everyone is done and you know they all got the correct dose. It gets easier with practice. Takes me less than 30 minutes to do all mine. For those that freak out I wrap them in a towel to hold their wings while I dose them, most of them are very used to it now. For some people who have large numbers they will dose a certain breed or two one day, and then a different one or two breeds the next, until they've done them all. There are many way's to make it more managable. I use the same oral syringe for everyone, some people prefer to have preloaded syringes ready in multiple numbers.
 

Kriscam

Chirping
Mar 19, 2021
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The issue with pellets is that you have no idea how much they take in. If they take in enough it would be effective, but there is no way to know. Some birds might avoid them all together. Unless you have a really large number of birds it's doable to give them an oral dose, I do two dozen birds every three months. I just lock them in the coop the night before, go out early in the morning and take them off the roost one at a time and dose. Turn them out into the run, when the coop is empty everyone is done and you know they all got the correct dose. It gets easier with practice. Takes me less than 30 minutes to do all mine. For those that freak out I wrap them in a towel to hold their wings while I dose them, most of them are very used to it now. For some people who have large numbers they will dose a certain breed or two one day, and then a different one or two breeds the next, until they've done them all. There are many way's to make it more managable. I use the same oral syringe for everyone, some people prefer to have preloaded syringes ready in multiple numbers.
Thank you.
 

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