Culled a chicken and found "a" worm...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jeffross1968, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    So we just culled our first chicken for food. After cutting the head off, my wife observed a white roundish worm in the neck. It apparently crawled back into the neck and we never saw it again. I inspected the stomach, crop, intestines, and never found another one. Is this something I should be concerned about? Also, if I do worm, is there ANYTHING that can be used that will not require a 28 day withdrawal period?

    My birds all seem healthy, and lay great. Not sure if I really have a problem here...the culled bird was a 6 month old mixed roo.
     
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Sounds like Gapeworm...
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    No, gapeworms are y-shaped and red.

    Are you sure you didn't see the trachea or esophagus slip back into the neck after decapitation? I can't think of any white worms that would be up that high in the GI system, but the trachea looks distinctly like a worm if you are seeing one for the first time. (This is a dawg53 question. He knows more about worms than I. Hopefully he sees this and chimes in.)

    Eprinex has no withdrawal time for meat or eggs. The stuff costs a pretty penny, but I love it. It's my wormer of choice.
     
  4. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Isn't the trachea the big thick hose? She's stomping her feet up and down swearing it crawled out, then back in the neck [​IMG]
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Yeah, but the esophagus isn't as thick and is also pale white-ish.
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    I've never heard of a worm coming up the esophagus in poultry. However, I know it happens to humans in third world countries...I've seen photos. That said, I would say it could possibly happen in poultry. The only way to tell would be to open up the intestines and look for worms. Most of us know that a worm can work its way into the chickens oviduct and into a forming egg. It's a fact that infrequently a worm can be found in an egg when cracked open.
     
  7. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I saw the the same thing when I processed my first roo, I was able to grab it and pull and realized it was the esphougas(sp?)
     
  8. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    She refuses to believe it was anything but a worm!!!
     
  9. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    How do you administer Eprinex?
     
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    1/2cc for standard size birds on bare skin on the back of the neck. 1/4cc for smaller birds.
     

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