I just got a call that my chickens' fecal sample showed dwarf tapeworms. Last week the vet had said to give him a sample that had poop from all the hens since if one had parasites the others probably would too. I had been told the results were negative earlier this week but just found out about the tapeworms which they say are not real common to chickens (the dwarf variety that is). I can't talk to vet until Monday about this, although they'd like to give injections to all 4 hens soon as possible but I can't get the hens to them, so am hoping the vet will come here to the hens next week. Has anyone had this kind of tapeworm in their chickens? Anything to do to protect against them? I usually put DE in their feed but maybe should put more. One thing I just found on the Internet and wonder if anyone else knows more about this -- there's a "Lesser Mealworm Beetle" which can infest feed and carry and leave pathogens. They are small black beetles. I feed my girls lots of live meal worms and haven't seen bettles with them, but have recently been buying dried meal worms (Happy Hen Treats) and have noticed that some containers often have black beetles in them. Never thought much about them since some feed, including dog food has sometimes been buggy. Does anyone know anything about this, these little black beetles? I have just ordered 6 more containers of the dried meal worms and decided to try to cancel the order but must wait till Monday. I'd hate to stop giving the hens these treats since they love them and are a helpful "lure" when needed, but if these beetles could be the cause of the tapeworms, I have no choice. Considering all the bugs and stuff the hens eat free ranging during the day, I just hadn't considered these beetles a problem. I talked with vet's office before seeing the info on the beetles -- all vet's office could tell me was that the tapeworms were probably picked up in the poop from other critters that hang around the coop area (squirrels, rats, cats, birds, raccoon, and so forth) -- unfortunately there's no way to keep them away even though there is fencing and a netting roof -- they all have learned to come through netting where there are openings around trees. Also, vet's office said these worms can be transmitted to humans and that I should throw away all the eggs the girls have laid -- <sigh> -- it will be hard but guess I'll have to throw out three dozen that I was going to give to family and friends this weekend! Would love to know if anyone has some good info and advice. Thanks so much.