1. RetiredRon

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    I have a couple of my chickens doing the silent yawn and my rooster is shaking his head. Im wondering if this might be Gapeworm. Im going to get some foodgrade DE and swine wormer w 1.8% fenbendazole. Ive read some old posts and some suggest safeguard and panacur. Any suggestions? Im thinking if it isnt gapeworm then these should cure any pests. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    First of all gapeworm is rare. It's more likely adjusting their crop or possibly a respiratory infection, but I would go ahead and get Safeguard liquid goat wormer or horse paste to treat for gapes and other worms. It is stronger than the swine wormer. Give 1/4 cc or ml per pound to each bird for 3 days in a row. If you treat for 5 days, it will get even capillary worms. Look for any sneezing, nasal drainage, or rattly, wheezy breathing in the next couple of days. I would not use DE, since it can cause more problems breathing. It does nothing for worms. Good luck.
     
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  3. casportpony

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    I agree, odds of two with gapes is unlikely, but no harm in treating with Safeguard or Panacur.

    -Kathy
     
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    Save your money, don't buy DE, just buy some Safeguard for goats. :D

    -Kathy
     
  5. RetiredRon

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    I did get goat wormer with 10% fenbendazole. It's liquid and I read 1cc to a cup of water then mix it with food. Feed it in the morning then feed regular food after its gone. Does that sound right? I guess it will have to be the cracked corn because show starter and egg layer would get soggy.
     
  6. cafarmgirl

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    The problem with this method is that there is no way to know how much each bird actually consumes. It's far better to dose each bird individually with the directions posted by Eggcessive. Then it's done and you know everybody got the exact dose they need to get the job done.
     
  7. casportpony

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    The amount to use would be :
    Weight of flock in pounds, times 0.25 = number of ml Safeguard to mix in water.

    Example for 20 five pound hens
    20 x 5 x 0.25 = 25 ml for 3-5 consecutive days.

    But as cafarmgirl said, no way to be sure that they ate enough of the medicated feed. Always best to treat orally.

    -Kathy
     
  8. casportpony

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    And it would not work with cracked corn, would have to be crumbles.

    -Kathy
     
  9. RetiredRon

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    I know how to open my dog and cats mouth, but chickens and turkeys? ? That's a different story. ..
     
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