De-worming Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BowmansBirds, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. BowmansBirds

    BowmansBirds Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I've seen a few threads on BYC regarding deworming ducks but none have really answered all of my questions. I have a flock of 11 free ranging runner ducks. They range with my chickens and turkey. A few of my ducks are looking a bit thin to where I can almost see breast bone. I don't have the money to do fecal tests at the vet (our vet charges $45 for "exotic" animals and will only do them with a vet exam as well). I'd like to use an oral de-wormer that I can purchase at a feed store rather than online if possible. I've heard some people mention SafeGuard and other livestock de-wormers. Do those actually work well and what is the dosage I should give? I also know of quite a few people who use regular dog/cat de-worming pills for their chickens but I'm not sure if it'd be ok to do with ducks. I also did see that I can purchase Panacur from the Costco pharmacy but again, I'm not sure what the dosage would be for it. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read that ducks rarely get worms, (mine have never had any) but I feed my flock lots of pumpkins and squash while in season, I don't know how it works but somehow these act as natural wormers.
     
  3. BowmansBirds

    BowmansBirds Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm pretty positive my guys have them, unfortunately. They eat earth worms EVERY time I flip their pool for cleaning which is how they get tape worms. I also give my guys squash when I can but there's no way to guarantee that they're all getting enough to "naturally de-worm" them. I'd rather just de-worm the few that are looking thin and have the piece of mind.
     

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