Can't find right ivermectin

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Patoot, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can only find ivermectin paste for horses or pour-on for cattle, but the bottle is HUGE and cost $50 and I only have 4 chickens. The paste is cheap, but I wasn't sure I could use that. I also found a vet supply that has injectable, but I don't feel comfortable doing that.

    What should I do? Can I use the paste somehow?

    I got some vitamins and electrolytes to put in their water. How often to I give it to them?

    I am worried about the girls. They are acting fine, but they are soooooo thin. I hope it's just the worms. I did Wazine almost 2 wks ago and am ready to do the Ivermectin. Any guidance is really appreciated. Will it work pretty quickly and help them start to gain weight?

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  2. dawg53

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    Go ahead and get the paste since it's cheaper. Dosage is a "pea" size for each chicken. Give them plain yogurt or buttermilk, scrambled egg or canned beef catfood, mixed in their feed. The yogurt and buttermilk are probiotics, the eggs and canned beef catfood are extra protein...give it to them about 2 days after worming for about 3-4 days, then back to the regular feed.
     
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  3. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would Safeguard or Valbezen be a better choice? I think I can get the former, but I haven't looked for Valbezen.

    There seem to be so many different opinions on the best wormer and dosage. I'm worried I'll do the wrong thing.

    Will the girls start gaining weight soon? They act healthy, but they feel so thin...not that I have anything to compare to since they are my first chickens.

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  4. dawg53

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    Quote:You could use either. Safeguard paste is cheaper than valbazen. Valbazen is a liquid and usually has to be ordered whereas Safeguard is sold in most feed stores. Dont worry, you wont do the wrong thing....Safeguard paste is the same dosage as I stated above, "pea" size. Once your chickens are rid of the worms stealing their nutrients, they'll eventually put on weight and egg production will pick up as well. Personally I prefer valbazen because it also kills tapeworms. I had an issue with them earlier this year and valbazen took care of them.
     
  5. Yard full o' rocks

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    I found Ivermectin "pour on" in a small container at TSC.....I use 1/2cc per chicken (LF) applied directly to the skin, on their back

    This way you have no wait time for using the eggs
     
  6. dawg53

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    Yard full o' rocks :

    I found Ivermectin "pour on" in a small container at TSC.....I use 1/2cc per chicken (LF) applied directly to the skin, on their back

    This way you have no wait time for using the eggs

    You mean ivomec eprinex pour on has no withdrawal period. The regular ivermectin pour on (blue in color) has a recommended 2 week withdrawal period for chickens in general.​
     
  7. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think they have tapeworms. Those are flat and longer right? The ones I saw were earthwormy looking.

    I don't need to worry about egg withdrawal because they aren't laying yet. I would guess I have at least a month before I get anything except from one maybe.

    Since I know I can get Ivermectin paste for horses or Safeguard paste, and don't need to worry about withdrawal time, which is the better wormer in your opinion? I know both are a pea size dose.

    They haven't had bread yet so I'll buy some (I don't eat bread) and make sure they like it. Their favorite food is cherry tomatoes, but I think it would be hard to get it in there especially since they like to dissect them before they eat it. Bread is probably a one bite thing.

    Thanks for the help.

    Bree
     
  8. revolutionmama

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    Yard full o' rocks :

    I found Ivermectin "pour on" in a small container at TSC.....I use 1/2cc per chicken (LF) applied directly to the skin, on their back

    This way you have no wait time for using the eggs

    Does that work for mites as well? so all the bases are covered? I always wondered that​
     
  9. dawg53

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    Quote:Yes, those were exactly the type of tapeworm that one hen had. They are also 'rice' shaped looking too. You're lucky you dont have to toss eggs because they arnt laying yet. I'd go with the safeguard paste. Later on down the road perhaps you could purchase some ivermectin; eprinex would be good for no egg withdrawal and it kills most lice/mites as well as worms. Edited- All you need is a very small piece of bread to put the paste on to give to them, they'll gobble it down. I hope you're giving them layer feed as well.
     
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  10. dawg53

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    Quote:Does that work for mites as well? so all the bases are covered? I always wondered that

    Ivermectin pour on kills most types of lice/mites.
     

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