hens won't drink wormer water

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  1. bec1687

    bec1687 New Egg

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    Hello,
    I have 6 girls and they refuse to drink any of the worming water when I put it out for them.
    obviously thats not healthy for them at all so I was wondering if it would still be effective if I make up the correct dosage and then soak the layer pellets in that and feed them the crumbled mushy pellets, because they love mushy pellets?
    Thanks
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. What brand of wormer are you using? Putting the wormer in water or in feed can be difficult in knowing that they have taken the correct dosage. Putting something like Wazine (piperazine) in the water (30 ml or 1 ounce per gallon) is in the correct ratio supposedly if a chicken drinks a normal amount of water. They probably won't drink a whole gallon if there are only 6, but if you add that gallon to feed, they could either take too much or not enough. You also run the risk of them not eating it because they don't like the taste. That's why with only 6 chickens, I would use something like Valbazen, where you give each hen 1/2 ml orally with a syringe, and then repeat that dose in 10 days. That dosage is for a regular sized hen.
     
  3. casportpony

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    Welcome to BYC! I don't see why you couldn't make a mash out of the medicated water.Of course worming orally with something like Valbazen (albendazole) or Safeguard (fenbendazole) would be best, but Wazine (piperazine) mash should be fine. [​IMG]

    -Kathy
     
  4. bec1687

    bec1687 New Egg

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    Hi, thanks for your reply's.
    I currently use killverm, the active ingredient in that is 14g/L levamisole (equivalent to 16.5g/L levamisole hydrochloride)
    the dose rate is 10ml per 200ml of water so I give them 100ml in a 2 litre bucket of water.
    they do eat the pellets soaked in wormer water because when I change their water after a day I pour it over the pellets that I tip out of their food container so I can give them new food. They actually go nuts over it, it can get a bit messy because they eat it so fast.
    what will happen if they get too much? I had never considered that they could have too much of the wormer.
    I have zero chance of picking half of them up, they are just too skittish and really stress out if I try to pick them up, even when they are settling down for the night.
    thanks again
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I was just reading about the administration of levamisole on chickens, and it stated that the medicated water be given over 6 hours. Here is the link I was reading that has good instructions for poultry: http://www.genera.hr/pro/en/1617/#.Vm808_krKUk
     
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    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah my chickens think it tastes like crap too lol

    I have had some success adding the individual dose (it can be worked out from bottle) to bread and feeding them that one bird at a time. Just can't put too much on each piece or they won't touch it either. I have thought maybe hide it in individual serves of something stronger tasting like sardines that they will wolf down quickly. Of course if you have 50 birds this wouldn't really be an option ;-)
     
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    Good link, thanks!

    -Kathy
     

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