How often should you worm a flock of 7 chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kaceek, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. kaceek

    kaceek Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you tell if chickens have worms?
     
  2. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your local vet can do a fecal float test to check for worms. [​IMG]
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People who do regularly worm - not everyone does, usually start (so i've read) around 6 months and then re-worm every six months or so.

    Some won't worm unless they see evidence of worm infestation.

    Some say they've never wormed - in 2500 years or so - and never needed to.

    It must depend somewhat on where you are.

    Some people use cayenne pepper and/or food grade d.e. as natural preventatives.

    There are so many different practices on worms in this forum, it would be difficult to outline them all. [​IMG]
     
  4. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Deworm....you don't want to worm them [​IMG]
    LOL, seriously though, I only dewormed mine once but they are my first flock at the new place and there hasn't been any chickens there before. I guess it all depends....tape worms are passed not from chicken to chicken but through an intermediate host like a snail or slug and they are relatively uncommon. Roundworms can be passed through feces so you may have to repeat at 3 to 4 week intervals as chickens will reinfest themselves through their eating habits. Nothing beats good house keeping though. Winter takes care of a lot of these pests in the environment but the parasite eggs can still be quite tough and survive in the soil. [​IMG]
    It's frustrating.
     

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