DE for worming chickens/goats?

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  1. MetalFarm

    MetalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 17 chickens and 3 goats and they've never been dewormed. A while back I started mixing DE in with their food. They all seem very happy and healthy although we did lose a chicken last night so it got me thinking.

    Is there a need to deworm on top of this?

    Your thoughts?
    Thanks!!
     
  2. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE won't treat worms. It's used in feed to help keep insects out when stored. You'll need to use a dewormer. I like Safeguard or Valbazen.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I thin TN does free necropsies on chickens:

    Name: Dr. Charles Hatcher
    Title: State Veterinarian
    Agency: Division of Regulatory Services
    Department: Tennessee Department of Agriculture
    Office Address: P.O. Box 40627
    Nashville, TN 37204
    Office Telephone No: (615) 837-5120
    Fax No: (615) 837-5250
    E-mail : [email protected]

    Kord Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory - Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
    TN Dept of Agriculture
    436 Hogan Road
    Nashville, Tennessee 37220
    Phone: 615-837-5294 Fax 615-837-5250
    http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/regulatory/kord.shtml

    -Kathy
     
  4. DrMikelleRoeder

    DrMikelleRoeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most clinical studies show a very limited response to diatomaceous earth in the control of internal parasites, though putting it into dust baths for chickens does help to control external parasites. If you are concerned, submit a fecal sample to your vet for analysis. That way you will not only know if you have a problem, but you will know which parasite(s) you are dealing with and can tailor the treatment appropriately.
     

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