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deworming chickens????????????????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by big red chicken, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. big red chicken

    big red chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ran into a man who started a conversation about treating chickens. Need to be dewormed and giving them a tablespoon of clorox in there water, to clean them out. Giving them vinger and galic. Have anyone every heard of any of these things??????????
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no need to deworm your chickens unless you actually see worms.

    You can put garlic in their water, it's a natural dewormer, but your eggs will taste funny.

    A lot of people put natural apple cider vinegar (the good stuff, with the 'mother' in it) in their chickens' waterer. It's very good for them.

    I wouldn't put bleach in their water.

    I wouldn't worry about deworming them until you actually see worms. Then you can try and use something natural to worm them or you can go buy a chemical dewormer.
     
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:I disagree, because once you see them you already have an infestation. Worming should be a preventive measure and part of the cycle of flock maintenance.
     
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  4. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't agree with that at all. If you raise more than a few chickens, and don't have a worming program, you will have serious problems. Keeping birds worm free will allow them to be in their best condition which promotes fertility, vigor, and over all flock health. If you wait until you see worms, I guarantee it is too late, and you have given up the health of your flock in return for not treating them pro-actively.
     
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  5. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Deworming chickens should be a regular part of good management if your flock is run on the ground. If raised on wire then it is not necessary but if the birds are free range then they are going to come in contact with "worms."

    When people refer to "worms" they are generally refering to organisms that are parasitic in nature: these can both be seen and unseen that is microscopic.

    There are some "natural" wormers on the market now if that is to your taste. Personally, I'm going to go with what I know works.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I don't agree with that at all. If you raise more than a few chickens, and don't have a worming program, you will have serious problems. Keeping birds worm free will allow them to be in their best condition which promotes fertility, vigor, and over all flock health. If you wait until you see worms, I guarantee it is too late, and you have given up the health of your flock in return for not treating them pro-actively.

    I agree with CUDA and Cuban Longtails. I have decided to worm at least once a year as good flock maintenance.
     
  7. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would not use the bleach water, but something to keep in mind is that city folk do not have wells, it comes from a water plant. They treat there water with bleach and other chemicals and they do not have a probelm with there chicks.

    I regularly deworm all my livestock. Once you have an infestion it is VERY rough on there bodies.
     
  8. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    What do you use to deworm your chickens? This is done annually? I think I read that diotomaceous earth sprinkled in the feed will help to deworm..is that true?
     
  9. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to say I agree with preventive. Just like I keep mite control spray on my birds before I get the problem. I would like to know what a good poultry wormer is too. I don't see worms but I would hate to see them one day. [​IMG]
     
  10. livin-green

    livin-green Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just scanned over the posts here, but I didn't see where anyone mentioned pumpkin seeds. I've read in several places that raw pumpkin seeds are good for deworming, as well as the DE (diatomaceous earth). The problem with pumpkin seeds is that they're seasonal for the most part. So, I'm planning to do those every year in the fall, but use the DE the rest of the year.

    I've also heard/read that both of these are also good for deworming all farm/pet critters (i.e. dogs, cats, horses)
     

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