Does everybody do regular worming?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by baucomgop, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. baucomgop

    baucomgop In the Brooder

    Dec 5, 2009
    I have had my two hens for about a year, I get an egg a day frm each and both are healthy and happily run the yard all day. I have never given a worming medicine, and am confident that they dont have a problem, all poops look fine.
    Should I start doing a regular worming medicine as a preventative? What other regular maintenence actions should I take?
    These are my first two hens, so feel free to be as detailed as you want, I'm learning!

    Two hens, two dogs and a cat living in harmony in Annapolis, MD!
  2. CathyRN

    CathyRN In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2010
    Sevier County, TN
    I have 9 pullets about 6 months old and very good layers.....I haven't done any worming. I have mixed thoughts about it, looking forward to reading the replies. I heard that once you worm you can't eat the eggs for a week or so I think? My girls free range and so far very healthy.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I've had chickens for about 7 years. Have never wormed. Have never seem worms.
    I would not worm without some evidence of worms.

  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If you see your chickens acting lethargic, hardly eating or drinking, not laying's probably due to worms. Check their poop often, if you see worms in their poop it's an infestation and they need to be wormed. Also, take into account where you live. I live practically in a swamp, the soil is always damp and there's the heat and high humidity...very condusive for worms. It's so bad here that I'm currently having to worm once every 3 months vice twice a year as I was previously doing. I'm switching over to eprinex (no withdrawal period) as I'm tired of discarding eggs in the garbage. Preventatives help; like cayenne pepper, crushed garlic cloves,crushed pumpkin seeds...but, they are not treatments.
  5. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    [​IMG] Good morning flock tenders
    I have never wormed my chix. as long
    as they eat,drink and are merry [​IMG]
    I never felt the need.
    and they give me eggs everyday.
    and have never lost a one except to
    a prowling critter which is no more.
    I do put a tablespoon of
    apple cider vinegar into a gal of their
    drinking water each and everyday.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  6. Organics North

    Organics North Songster

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    I try and follow the organic guidelines, NO chemical wormers.

    I get a plenty close view of the poop boards during the morning scrapings. IF I did see worms or symptoms of worms in my birds I would try natural "abatement" methods first. If the birds became real sick, then and only then would I consider a chemical wormer.

    It is my opinion if your birds are healthy and happy, and are performing to your liking, their is no need to follow the recommendation or practices of large scale poultry producers.....

    If it ain't broke don't fix it....[​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  7. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Songster

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    Quote:I agree!!! i tend to believe the books i have read saying that having a worming schedule with no need is the cause of resistant strains of parasites AND it depletes a chickens natural resistance to them ( and they WILL develop resistance)

    Of course, if there are telltale signs or proof then by all means, worm them.
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Yep, only when needed!

    There are natural wormers out in the market however it is expensive! I loved it!
  9. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Thanks everyone for the responses here. I too have been wondering if I'm doing a bad thing by not dosing my birds with wormer. My six free-ranging girls appear very happy and healthy but I wondered. I won't feel too bad now. Oh, BTW, I've been reading up on some of the wormer medications and, from what I've been reading, you can't eat the eggs for two weeks following medication.
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Only if I see a need. In 18 years, I have never seen a need.

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