Do I need to worm or do preventive care with my chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eggsr4me, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. eggsr4me

    eggsr4me Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens and roosters seem to be in very good health. I do not see any indications that they have worms or any health problems. Do I need to do any preventive maintenance to keep them healthy? I check them every morning as they leave their coop, making sure their feet, beaks, and bodies look good. Any input would be helpful.
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    You can always take fecal samples to a vet and have them take a look under a microscope for worm oocysts.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Some people worm as a preventative measure (usually twice a year), while others don't. I haven't wormed my flock until this year. A benefit of worming regularly is to prevent any problems, but doing so can also create worms that are resistant to wormers. I would play it by ear and not worm your flock unless you start seeing problems (lethargy, weight loss, worms in droppings, etc.) or get it confirmed by a fecal test.

    As for other preventative care, there isn't much to do. Just make sure to keep their coop clean and not stress them out too much. Also, check them often for mites/lice and treat those if necessary. Mites will appear as black or red dots on a bird's skin or feathers, and lice will look like yellowish blobs on the skin or small white eggs on the base of the feathers. Treat by dusting your flock with 5% Sevin powder or poultry dust, or by spraying them with another lice/mite spray. Make sure to spray the coop down with vinegar or liquid Sevin while treating for mites, too, as mites like to hide in crevices and re-infest birds at night.
     
  4. eggsr4me

    eggsr4me Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I just want to be safe and keep my flock healthy and productive.
     

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