evidence of internal parasites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by horsecrazy, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. horsecrazy

    horsecrazy Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    central CA
    I thought I read somewhere that runny poop is a sign of internal parasites. I noticed today one of my laying hens squirted out some diarrhea. she is about 1-1 1/2 years old. can I worm her?
  2. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    Sorry, I don't have an answer, but I am curious about the answers to your question. I hope someone will have some advice. I thought I had read before that chickens poop a runnier poop every 10-12 poops as regular practice?

    Do people use a de-wormer for chickens as a regular, routine schedule? If so, what age do you start, and how often do you de-worm?
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2008
  3. horsecrazy

    horsecrazy Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    central CA
    egg-zactly my questions.


    ok bad pun.
  4. simba49450

    simba49450 Songster

    May 23, 2008
    if they have a lot of greens grass etc they will get the runs, i give mine oats from the store and give just a small dixie cup full depending on how many chickens you have and it clears it right up.
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Chickens do get the runs every now and then...especially if they are given free range of grasses and veggies. I have heard tho that a year and 1/2 is a good time to worm your hens. I purchased Wazine (sp?) from Fleet Farm and plan on worming mine about that same age. Now I am finding that their may be a healthier way to worm and you can still eat the eggs. I may try it...I have to find the link again tho. Also do you use DE regularly in their food and bedding? If you do you may not even get worms...it's a great preventative for your chickens.
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Happily, it doesn't necessarily mean worms - may just be a function of what she ate before that happened.

    You can certainly worm them if you'd like. Lots of posts on BYC about different wormers - do a "search" (above in the blue bar) and you can see what wormer you'd like to use and when you'd like to start. I've used Ivomec Eprinex "spot on" - you'll see references to that product when you do the search under "worming", "worms" or similar.

    Once a year is often the schedule, late in fall. Varies depending upon lots of factors, which you'll read about in the posts on this. Natural, less agressive, wormers can be used in other seasons, e.g. pumpkin seeds. Of course, if you see any worms, that's the time to worm. Some folks never worm at all if they see no problems.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2008

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