Do I need to de-worm?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chick-e-pie, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. chick-e-pie

    chick-e-pie In the Brooder

    I've been reading through the posts and came upon many mentions of de-worming. Does everyone need to do this? I have never given anything to my hens other than feed and treats. Should I have been de-worming them? What do I give them? If I do give them a de-wormer do I have to not eat the eggs for a while. They are just getting to laying as they are very young still.

    I've seen mention of pumpkin seeds being helpful. Raw, cooked, chopped or whole?

  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    Tis the season for pumpkins whole, unsalted, & unbaked. I plan on doing it as a preventative measure. I am new to this but I know I have read there is one dewormer out there that you do not need to abstain from eating the eggs, but I forget what its called. Like I said I plan on just going the seed route, trying to get away from chemicals.
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Ok, so this is very interesting? You mean that pumpkin seeds act as a dewormer? What about other squash seeds?

    Wow, the things you learn.
  4. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    You can also use d.e. as a preventative. My chickens have been on it since they were very small and I've never had a problem with worms. I'm sure you could do a search and many threads will come up and you could read all about it. The good thing about it you can still eat your eggs. [​IMG]
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    Yes supposedly any winter squash has this "active ingredient" just do not ask me what it is... [​IMG] some one smart might come by soon and tell us what it is I just know that someone is NOT me.....
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I have a ton of spaghetti squash from the garden, if that will work, I'll get right to it.

    How do you know if they need to be wormed or not?
  7. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    You take a fecal sample to the vet.

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