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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kaceek, Oct 25, 2009.
How do you tell if chickens have worms?
Your local vet can do a fecal float test to check for worms.
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.
Deworm....you don't want to worm them
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.