How do I tell if my hens have worms and how do I treat it?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Russo's Roost, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Russo's Roost

    Russo's Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I remember reading once that if you put some of your chicken manure in a container and let it sit you will see if there are worms in it.
    After I clean the coop 3 times a day it all goes in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid on it and when it is about half full it all goes to the compost pile on the other side of my property. Today I noticed for the first time a bunch of things that look like sesame seeds crawling around in the inside of the buckett.
    Does this mean my hens have worms or is this just a by product of chicken $#!+ in a closed buckett?
    If they do have worms what is recommended as treatment? They all look healthy and happy escept for one who has no feathers on her back and sholders, I have been blaming my rooster for this and it has beenthat way since the spring, at least 3 months and the feathers haven't grown back so I am wondering if there is something else going on like worms. I am hoping that when they molt this fall her full coat will come back, any thoughts?
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Could it be mites or lice? Not sure about the worms.
     
  3. Russo's Roost

    Russo's Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have checked carefully for both mites and lice and I haven't seen any evidence of either.
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