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I have worms in my Eggs? Help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ImaChickenGirl, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. ImaChickenGirl

    ImaChickenGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been selling eggs for 3 years now but I recently got a message from one of my buyers saying they found a worm in their egg, I didn't think it was possible but after doing some research I found out it can happen, I read that if you do find a worm in an egg it means you are not taking care of you chickens very well, I try to do what I can but because of where the coop is it will get quite muddy (the floor is clay) and I have to work really hard to keep it dry!

    Like I said before the floor is clay so there aren't any little pebbles to eat and I am thinking maybe the reason why there are worms in my eggs is because there aren't any pebbles for them to eat?

    Is there a way to get rid of the worms without using drugs?
    I am going to start giving them DE and ACV will that help at all?
    I am also thinking of giving them garlic powder.

    I give my chickens clean water everyday and Ostershell twice a day(It disappears within 20 minutes)

    Does anyone have any ideas of what I can put on the floor to make it more dry?
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    A worm in the egg? That sounds weird I've never heard of that before? :welcome From Washington State!
     
  3. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your chickens have such a profuse number of worms that they are being expelled in the eggs then you need to use something like Valbazen to get rid of the infestation. Chickens get worms, no biggie, but it can be if not handled. So bite the bullet and break out the drugs. Don't use or sell any eggs for a month after you start the worming. It is 14 days after for each dose and you are supposed to dose them 2x so...So keep no eggs for a month unless for hatching and then you should be virtually worm free. You should only have to do this maybe once or twice a year. I would think that using it in winter when the egg laying is sparse would be the easiest way. Either way if you have worms in your eggs you super need to do something about it, and vinegar and DE aren't going to help enough to make a difference.
     
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  4. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!! You can put straw or shavings on the floor of your coop. Shavings are more absorbent but straw is warmer. Good luck and I hope that you get rid of the worms!
     
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  5. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use some of the DE on the floor of the coop, or put an actual flooring in. that way it could stay dry. Do you put any material down in the coop. Because if you layer enough straw or pine chips on top of the dirt floor it might help to keep things dry. Anytime your chickens have a wet environment you are going to have any number of issues.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] First of all, worm eggs are often distributed by wild birds and even earth worms. They get around and no matter how well you take care of your flock, they can still get it. Pebbles has nothing to do with worms. Pebbles are used by chickens as grit to help them break up food in the gizzard. And talking of which, I would suggest you put sand on the floor of your run/coop. It will help keep it dry, the chickens will eat some of it (grit) and it's easier to clean and more manageable.

    You will have to get a decent dewormer for your flock and I'm afraid the withdrawal period for most of them is 14 days, during which you should not eat, sell or incubate the eggs. Some recommended dewormers are Wazine, Valbazen or Safeguard. I've heard of using DE and other natural products, but I also heard they don't work very well. ACV is good for chickens though, so give them some every other week anyway, but like I said with an obvious infestation of worms the chemical route is the way to go. Good luck!
     
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  7. dawg53

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    Give your birds Valbazen liquid cattle/sheep wormer. Use a syringe without a needle. Dosage is 1/2cc given orally undiluted to each bird. Repeat dosing in 10 days. Total withdrawal time from start to finish is 24 days.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    First, I'd want to have a better idea of what was actually in that egg. I see folks post all kinds of things on here they think are in the eggs, then when they post a picture it's just a meat spot or something like that. I'm sure you can't get a pic or anything at this point, but I'd personally not treat, cause I'm not into giving potentially harmful medications when they're not needed. I'd ask your customers to please photo anything funky they see in an egg so you can monitor your chicken's health. Your customers want eggs from healthy hens!

    If no one else has seen a worm, and you don't see any in the poop, and your birds are in good condition, active, glossy feathers and eating well, I'd just consider it a one off and continue to monitor your flock like you always do.
     
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  9. Chictaw

    Chictaw Out Of The Brooder

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    I was reading this post and I was just wondering about your formula for Valbazen. We just started today to deworm our chickens, with your formula we read recently. You said withhold food for 24 hrs. then give them 1cc. And repeat 5 days and then in 5 days again. Withholding food each time. Is that a little harsh or is this what you recommend. We have given them Valbazen 3 times already and still have worms. Not as many, but we are still seeing them now and then. We have been fighting this for 3 months.[​IMG]
     
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  10. dawg53

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