Horse hair worms from Shrimp

ayeitsmeme

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Question, can ducks or chickens get horse hair worms from freshwater shrimp?

I just got some ghost shrimp for my aquarium and one clearly has a rather large wormy in it. Theres apparently no way to cure it and itll likely die when it burst out. Soooo, I read the worms are harmless to humans and to livestock. Mainly infecting insects and shrimps. So could I kill two birds with one stone here and give it to my ducks? I'd assume that they've come across the worm in the insects they eat if its common.
 

Mtnboomer

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Most parasites are family specific or at least species specific. Meaning that parasites that use birds for a host do not survive in mammals or vise versa or some parasites that use cows for a host won't live in humans.

This is obviously a generalization and there are exceptions to every rule, but if you know the species of parasite and literature assures you that it is harmless to birds, feed it to them.

Most animals have parasites. Most parasites do not seriously affect the health of their host unless they become too numerous. But there are some nasty bugs out there to avoid for sure.
 

ayeitsmeme

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Most parasites are family specific or at least species specific. Meaning that parasites that use birds for a host do not survive in mammals or vise versa or some parasites that use cows for a host won't live in humans.

This is obviously a generalization and there are exceptions to every rule, but if you know the species of parasite and literature assures you that it is harmless to birds, feed it to them.

Most animals have parasites. Most parasites do not seriously affect the health of their host unless they become too numerous. But there are some nasty bugs out there to avoid for sure.
Thank you, I just captured the little guys and gave them to my teenage chicks. They seemed to really enjoy them! And now I wont have to deal with the little shrimps slowly dying when the worm breaks out of them thankfully!
 

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