At what age should I start worming my young birds?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThatBeccaChick, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. ThatBeccaChick

    ThatBeccaChick Hatching

    Apr 14, 2016
    Dayton Tx
    Ok, I have chicks in 3 age groups. 6 weekers, 4 weekers and, 2 weekers. Are any of them old enough to give dewormer to?

  2. csaylorchickens

    csaylorchickens Songster

    Mar 8, 2015
    My Coop
    I don't deworm regularly. I think you only need to once they have them. You can't eat the eggs for 2 weeks as well with worming.

    I use preventative measures. I give probiotics in their water and apple cider vinegar as well as fermented feed once in a while as a treat
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    They are too young to worm unless you have seen worms in their droppings. I would wait until they are 3 months old, and either take in several of their droppings to your vet to be checked for what worms they may or may not have, or start them on a twice a year regimen. Valbazen is a very good one to use with a dosage of 1/4 ml for a chick, 1/2 ml for a regular 5 lb chicken, and 3/4 ml for a large chicken or rooster given orally, then repeat this dose after 10 days to get the worm eggs. The cleaner and drier their coop and run are, the less worms they may have. All chickens can have worms, and wormers help to keep them from having an overload. If you live in a hot wet environment, some people worm 4 times a year. Always follow a 14 day egg withdrawal time after the last dose of wormer.

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