Duck Worming........What do I use ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by blumoonduckmama, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. blumoonduckmama

    blumoonduckmama Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 18, 2013
    Good Morning! I am a brand new member and a brand new duckling mom. My Flying Mallard ducklings will be three weeks old soon. I have been keeping them in a large dog crate, and anticipate moving them outside within two weeks. It has been chilly here in southern Pa. I have a brand new covered enclosure to place them in once the weather becomes more temperate. Meanwhile I have been letting them swim in a small sink and have noticed that they are oiling themselves well. I have been feeding them kale, non medicated crumbles and cottage cheese as a treat.

    My question for you all is this. Once my husband tills my garden I thought I would let my ducklings out for a worm forage. I read somewhere that I must worm my ducks twice yearly once they start eating worms and such. What do I use, where should I purchase it and at what age should I begin the worming process?

    I have found the sticky post on feeding ducks very valuable and commend the author! Thanks for the help!
  2. zooweemama

    zooweemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't wormed mine yet. They all seem of a healthy weight and are laying very well. Their feather coats are nice. So I have just chosen not to yet. I think before I wormed them I would take a poop sample to my vet and ask him to run it. If it showed a parasite load I would probably worm with Ivermectin (works for us but some choose to use others). It would just depend on what parasites my ducks were infested with really.
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    This is exactly the right thing to do. Ducks are usually pretty healthy and have good immunity to many internal parasites. Experts recommend deworming only if there is an infestation, which would be found in a fecal exam by a veterinarian.

    Best thing is to collect fecal samples from several different individuals, mix them together and then have the vet take a look. That way you are getting a clear picture of what your whole flock may have.

    Indiscriminant worming can reduce their natural immunity.
  4. zooweemama

    zooweemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Genius! It simply never occurred to me to do this! Thanks!
  5. Lilyt

    Lilyt Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2012
    There is a vet that tends to ducks??? What a luxury. I still haven't figured out how we can live in the "country" and not have a vet that knows anything about poultry. if you ask one of the local vets about a problem or care of a duck, they look at you like you're out of your mind!!! I just wing it . . . lol . . . so to speak.
    Good luck with the babies!! I love my ducks!
  6. zooweemama

    zooweemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    My vet doesn't per se. But I asked their office of they could still do stool sample testing for any of my feathered livestock. They said absolutely. Less than $20.
  7. Quack Addict

    Quack Addict Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2013
    Ty Ty, Georgia
    Quote:We live in a rural area and talked to our vet about a duck that had been injured in a way we couldn't care for ourselves. He was very matter of fact about it and told us that to most of his customers it was not cost effective to get vet service costing at a minimum $50 for livestock that is replaceable for $5. Out here in the country ducks and chickens are not thought of as pets so most care is done by the owner or not at all. Not heartless or cruel, just simple economics.
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Mountains of Western N.C.
    In Storeys guide to raising Ducks, it says " under normal circumstances, ducks have good to excellent resistance to most internal and external parasites. However, ducks that consume an inadaquate diet or are crowded or forced to live in a filthy environment are more suseptiable to parasites."
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2013
  9. new duck mom

    new duck mom Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2013
    Where do u defund these stickies? With all the info on ducks? Everyone says read the stickies I dnt know what they are

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