Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CluckyCharms, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps


    I would like to know the following please, and I will try to keep it short since I get more responses if I don't write novels:

    - do you treat them for worms routinely even if they don't have them??

    - at what age?

    - what exactly do I need to keep on hand (names of the meds and amounts per bird would be most helpful)

    My chicks don't have worms (their poops are normal and they're only 10 days old and haven't been anywhere).

    I just want to make sure they stay that way.

    Thank you
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You can't be sure there are no worms just by looking at the poop. But it is usually recommended that chickens not be wormed until they are mature, or nearly so, maybe 6 to 9 months old at a minimum. Some people never worm and some worm 2 or 3 times a year, or even more.

    You may want to take a sample of poop to your vet around 9 months and have him do a fecal -- which may find evidence of worms if they are present. They pick up worms from the soil and eating certain bugs. 10 day old chicks should not have any worms if they are in a brooder, and very few if any if they are with a mama outdoors. If you live where the soil stays moist as I do, the soil is much more likely to have worms than if you live in a desert type area.

    When you want to research worms on BYC, I recommend searching dawg53's posts.
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  3. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you very much for your information and for answering me. :]
  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I know everyone doesn't worm. I haven't but if I had the money I would JIC atleast once a year.The question is what to use!

    Like dogs they pick up the stuff.
  5. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    I did what was suggested and typed dawg53 in the upper search bar and found a boatload of info. =] Our dogs get their banana flavored nom-noms every 6 months so I just want to make sure we treat the chickens the same.
  6. manaze88

    manaze88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2012
    Berryville, Virginia
    Some people use Diamatacuous Earth in the food as an anti-worming, the same as you might give your dog the monthly heartworm pill.
  7. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh we do have DE and will definitely use it in the coop, but there have been way too many horror stories (very sad ones) that prove that DE doesn't kill internal we won't be using it for that purpose. We'll be using it for the mites, lice, and other creepy-crawly things that go bump in the night, though. [​IMG] (hate bugs!!!) this member used DE religiously, and their flock was worm-ridden. =(
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