How do I know if my hens have worms?

Iwannachicken

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 31, 2009
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Hoover, Alabama
Hey y'all,

My four hens appear healthy and I have not seen any worms in their poo. Do I still need to worm them? They are just over a year old and have been
confined to the ark in the backyard. They share the yard with the dog, but she does not have roundworms.

I saw another post by feathersnuggles about feeding them raw garlic to prevent (but not treat) worms. Should I do that instead?

Thanks,
Karen
 

Dar

Crowing
11 Years
Jul 31, 2008
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I feed the garlic... some people say that it can transfer to the egg but i have never had that happen.

my chickens are fighting a respiratory issue right now so while i am medicating them i feed their eggs back to them and i also threw a buttload of garlic in there too since i am not eating the eggs.
 

MotherJean

Songster
9 Years
Apr 9, 2010
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San Juan Islands, WA state
You can also take some samples of poo to your local vet for analysis. Shouldn't be costly. He/she should be able to tell you about any intestinal worms. Won't be able to tell you about possible gapeworm, however. A lot of folks worm their chickens yearly whether they observe worms in their poo or not.
 

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