How long do worms live once expelled?? (prior to treatment)

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chickenlady

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Aug 28, 2007
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Just noticed today some worms in my hen's poop. Dont know what made me look but I did. She is perfectly healthy, better feathering than the rest of my flock and has never had a problem with anything, until now. I thought if a chicken had worms, their health would deteriorate but not in her case. Luckily I saw them.

I am wondering how long these worms will last that she pooped out. Is the coop infested now? Do I need to treat with something before I allow them back in there?

I treated with Eprinex today to take care of these things. They are very gross!
 
Rather than give you a wrong answer as I'm not exactly sure ...I will bump your post up. I'm interested to read what others think.
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What kind of worm was it? If you are not sure, you may want to have a fecal test done by the vet. If one bird has it, they probably all do. I would worm everybody and thoroughly clean the coop. Make sure you check the wormer label to be sure if there is a waiting period before it is safe to eat the eggs (or meat if you butcher).
 
I'm guessing it was some type of roundworm. Maybe a cecal worm according to the description I have found. I treated all with ivomec eprinex. I found no more live worms today. Thank God. I was just curious how long the actual untreated expelled worm could live not being in a host.

Is there anything I could/ should treat the coop with to help prevent a reoccurance?
 

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