ATTN: dawg53 RE: Worming/Winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by joebryant, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Jim, doesn't it seem that late fall would be the best time to worm chickens?
    With my chickens being wormed in November wouldn't that mean they're not going to be spreading worms on the ground for several months because the ground is cold/frozen until March. Would that not mean they won't be newly infested in the spring because there'd be no worms from the ground at least for a while?
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    The worm eggs will be excreted onto cold ground and may or may not survive the cold winter. There are worms eggs that do survive though, because they've managed to survive for thousands if not millions of years. I just dont think there would be as many, as in comparison to warm soil. Even in frozen soil, eggs can still be picked up because the chickens are always picking at the ground and are ingested...the worm lifecycle starts over again.
     
  3. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thanks, I was afraid of that.
     
  4. Michie

    Michie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you just going to worm them as a preventative? Or do you know they have worms? I am new to having chickens, just wondering because mine are 16 weeks and I have never wormed them, nor would I know how, but they seem fine and energetic???? And if they have worms would you see them in their droppings? Thanks!!
     
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Michie, see: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=420520 Below is just a brief summary of that post. Hopefully, Jim (dawg53) will see this post and advise you whether or not you should bother with doing Wazine 17 at all since your chickens are only four months old. I don't know, but if your chickens have been in your yard or free ranging, I'd bet money that they do have worms, but maybe not a possible plethora of roundworms that would necessitate a one-time treatment with Wazine 17, i.e., you might just want to get yourself a one ml ORAL syringe and give them each 1/2 ml of Valbazen and dump your eggs for three weeks.
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    Usually you can't be 100% sure whether or not your chickens have worms. I didn't think that I had a problem until I took my rooster to vet's where he stayed for a week being treated for respiratory infection and fungus. Fecal samples showed round/other worms, much to my chagrin. I was going to treated them all immediately, but the vet had me to treat them all first for preventing any possible spread of respiratory disease, i.e., I'm just now getting to where I can treat them for all the worms they have that I TOO didn't think they have.
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    WORMING YOUR CHICKENS - FROM THE GOSPEL of JAMES (Chapter dawg53 1-2-3)
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    1. Wazine17 - two ounces in two gallons of water for one day - dump eggs for two weeks
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    ...Ten days later:
    2. Valbazen -one half cc/ml for standard size chickens, one quarter cc/ml for smaller chickens including silkies. You can use a syringe to squirt it down their throats individually or you can inject it into a small piece of bread and give each chicken a piece of bread....they gobble it up. - dump the eggs for two weeks
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    3. ...after a couple of days of using both wormers....give your chickens plain yogurt or buttermilk(probiotics), canned beef catfood (extra protein), all mixed in their feed and give it to them to build up their immune systems, do this about 3 days in a row. Then you'll have healthy, happy chickens lol.
    The next time you worm,say in about 6 months or whenever you see fit...you can use the valbazen first, no need to use the wazine unless you want to. Please PM anytime and I'll be happy to help you with worming. Jim.
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2010
  6. OrpingtonHopeful

    OrpingtonHopeful Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just did the Wazine worming to kick off the annual fall worming- but only have Fenbendazole (10%) for the second stage. (I was planning on giving a pea sized amt in bread to each gal individually- we only have 6) Will this be sufficient for most worms and mites?

    We've had problems with bugs this year- no winter- so I finally relented and scrubbed the coop down in copious amounts of vinegar and hot water and then dusted the whole thing with sevin before adding the new bedding-

    Will the extra clean and dusted coop and the worming regimen keep my gals healthy and well?
     
  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Yes, it certainly should. :)
     

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