Chicken worming

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ederob, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. ederob

    ederob Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,726
    56
    208
    Jun 6, 2012
    Do you really have to worm and vet chek your chickens??? How important is it to worm and vet check them? Our chickens have never been wormed or vet checked since we bought them or hatched them and they act normal ( I mean they lay and run around, eat and act normal ) So if any one could tell me if its inportant I would be very happy. Thanks!

    Have a good day and God bless.
     
  2. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

    865
    28
    124
    Sep 18, 2012
    CANADA
    I worm my chickens several times a year and treat new chickens with coccidiocide. You can usually buy wormer (Panacur, Safeguard) at your local livestock store for a reasonable price off the shelf.
     
  3. ibarbidahl

    ibarbidahl Chillin' With My Peeps

    203
    9
    83
    Aug 22, 2012
    Odessa, FL
    Hmmm... I would advise worming if you are bringing older chicks/hens into your home and then annually at least if they are free ranged at all. But in general if they are in a cage with good management there is not a lot of reason to worm preventatively... (Except that they were new to you - how old were they?)
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    4,394
    33
    253
    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    I have never had a vet come look at my birds, my father never did, my grandfather didn't, nor did my great-grandfather. Actually, other than a few people on this forum most people never even suggest the need of a vet for your birds. Worming though, if you want your chickens to live is a must unless you keep them in a place it would be impossible for them to catch worms from which is not an easy task. Even if you kept them in your basement off the ground, a roach could still crawl up into the pen, become ingested, and in turn infect your birds with worms.

    How you worm your birds is up to you, I personally use Safeguard and Ivomec; I plan to worm twice a year, but if I ever feel one may need it before the appointed date I'll worm him then. Any new birds I get are wormed upon arriving on the yard usually, unless I don't think they need it (i.e. the person wormed them) and then quarantined for a allotted time. Other people worm monthly, some worm every couple months, some only worm when they feel it is needed; your method is your choice but out of all I'd suggest the least likely rather than the most likely myself.

    If you don't take the vet route, you can also study into chicken diseases yourself and learn to identify and how to treat them. There are a lot of books out there, I personally like Chicken Diseases by Fred P. Jeffrey myself, only costs about 6 dollars; but there are a lot of other books available online for free, libraries possibly, and so on if you look around. I even know of a place where I personally have linked free online books you could look over.

    God bless,
    Daniel.
     
  5. ederob

    ederob Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,726
    56
    208
    Jun 6, 2012
    Thank you so much, and i have pullets, adults and old hens and a adult rooster and two baby chicks.

    Have a good day and God bless.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by