Eggciting questions about worming (-;

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by McGoo, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens had worms... so I followed BYC advice and wormed them... first pepperzine, twice, to remove some of the worms. And then I used ivermectin, twice. Ivermectin kills all worms/parasites, but if they'd had a great deal of worms, deworming w/ ivermectin initially, I'm told, could have killed my hens.

    Well they're alive and mostly well, but I have a couple questions:

    My White Plymouth Rock, who was the sickest, seems to be opening her mouth - like yawning or something and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with worming or is it a sign of something else. She's been a problem since I got her... her comb is pink (though turning reddish now) and she was definitely filled with worms. Any ideas? [​IMG]

    How soon can I eat their eggs again??

    Thanks all [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2009
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    I'm glad everyone is on the mend. Too bad about the hen that is 'yawning'. I would look up gapeworm. She might need another treatment of the ivermectin.

    I don't know what the wait time is for eating eggs if you use oral wormer but I've been told that is you use 'pour on ivermecton for cattle' there is not a wait time.

    Hope someone else comes along with help.

    Just courious but how did your chickens get such a worm load? Weather?
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I happened to buy these birds after a fox killed all of my hens. I realized that they were probably not in the best shape when I got them, but I wanted them and would work to solve their problems.

    Thanks so much for the info on the gapeworm. I'll investigate. I just gave her anothe dose of the ivermectin, so we'll see if and how she improves.

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