Chickens have worms.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 70monte, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today one of the chickens pooped right in front of me and it was dark brown and runny and noticed something moving in it. The poop had a few very tiny worms moving around. They were not very long, white, and looked very thin. What kind of worms could this be and what can I treat them with.

    I have one hen that is very listless and stays off by herself and I'm assuming that she also has worms. Let me know what I need to treat them with. Thanks.

    Wayne
     
  2. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bout 1/2 inch long? probably cecal worms..I use Valbazen..Safeguard (fenbendazole) will work also
     
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  3. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they are probably 1/2" long. Where can I get this stuff? We have a MFA feed store, would they have it.? Thanks.

    Wayne
     
  4. dawg53

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    Go online to 'jeffers livestock' and you can order Valbazen there, that's where I bought mine. Valbazen kills all kinds of worms including tapeworms. They ship it fast too. You can buy Safeguard there as well but you can probably buy it at a feed store or TSC. FYI: Valbazen's label states for 'cattle and sheep.' Safeguard (fenbendazole) is an equine paste wormer. Dosage for Valbazen is one half cc/ml per chicken (not injected) given orally. Ten days later after giving them the Valbazen, give them each a 'pea' sized dose of Safeguard paste. Discard the eggs 2 weeks after the Valbazen and Safeguard for a total of 4 weeks.
     
  5. donnaps23

    donnaps23 New Egg

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    would diatomacious earth (spelling?) work for this? I have rubbed it on the chickens before to guard against mites, etc. but I also know if it is the food grade kind it can be added to their feed. Here is something I found in my notes, though I haven't tried it other than with the cats.

    For daily maintenance on cats and dogs, cut portion by half. Small dogs and special breeds can be sensitive to any change in diet. Use common sense and consult with your vet if you have any concerns or questions.
    • Cows/Horses get 1-2 oz per day
    • Sheep/Goats/Hogs get 1/2 oz per day
    • Cats get 1/2 teaspoon per day
    • Large Cats - 1 teaspoon
    • Kittens - 1/4 teaspoon
    • Dog 100 lbs + - 2 tablespoon
    • 50 - 100lbs - 1 tablespoon
    • Under 50 lbs - 1 teaspoons
    • Mini dogs - 1/2 teaspoon
    For Chickens and other livestock you need to weight the feed and add 2% of that weight in Diatomaceous Earth Your livestock will also get the benefit of over 14 trace minerals that make up Diatomaceous Earth.

    Pasted from <http://www.dirtworks.net/Diatomaceous-Earth.html>
     
  6. burquechick

    burquechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't know that DE will help an already established infestation. I thought DE was more of a preventative. ??
     
  7. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    DE is a preventative for worms. Once they have worms (I use food grade DE in my chickens feed and have never seen worms) You need to use a wormer. I have read on a breeders website (Sweetwater poultry) that a very safe product to use is injectable Ivomectin (cattle wormer) put in their water for a couple days. It is even safe for chicks and you can still eat your chickens eggs! If you go to Sweetwaters website and look under the catagory "Health" she has an explanation and directions on how to use the product. Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  8. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the information everyone. I'm going to see what I can find.

    Wayne
     
  9. dawg53

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    DE is useless when wet, just like in chickens innards and wont kill worms. If you choose Ivermectin...be careful which one you choose...Eprinex is the only one that does not require a withdrawal period.
     
  10. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    I use Safegaurd LIQUID for goats. I just mix it in their water.
     

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