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

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

  1. coffeenutdesign

    coffeenutdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is what I was going to point out...it could just be a meat spot, or extra chalaza(? I think that's what it's called), the white stuff attached to the yolk. If you just heard it from a buyer, they might not know what they are looking at.
     
  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with donrae. People who don't know much about chickens can think all kinds of things are scary, when in fact they are absolutely normal.

    Don't give garlic powder! Garlic and onion will change your eggs' flavor, and not in a good way.

    If you've never dewormed your chickens before, I personally would just bite the bullet and deworm them, and throw out the eggs for two weeks. We deworm twice a year, and try to time the deworming with fall and spring moults so that we don't have to throw out so many eggs. Hens can pick up parasites no matter how well-cared for they are.
     
  3. Chictaw

    Chictaw Out Of The Brooder

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    We have already started to give them your formula for Valbazen, for treat them with 1cc, than wait 5 days and treat again, and then in another 5days. Should we continue with this and see if this works first, before changing treatment in med stream? We also withheld food for 24 hrs. before dose. We know they are tapeworms, but it has taken so long and so many doses of Valbazen until we read your way of treat, then wait 5days treat, and wait 5 days and treat, and we are hoping this will do it. We never treated that close. I think we waited to long between doses. I think we didn't get the eggs. After we do this, how long do you go before you worm them again, to keep a maintenance for them.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

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    Valbazen will not treat tapeworms, so you will need to treat as Dawg suggested to get rid of them. This can be done in addition to the Valbazen.

    If you are not sure if your birds have internal parasites, rather than the wait-and-see approach I would recommend taking a fecal sample to a vet and having it checked. They will look for the microscopic eggs of parasites. The only time you actually see worms pass is with a heavy infestation, or with tapeworms. Your birds can have substantial infestations without any obvious signs.
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Valbazen (Albendazole) DOES kill tapeworms:
    http://japr.fass.org/content/16/3/392.full
    http://healthybirds.umd.edu/Disease/Deworming Birds.pdf

    A fecal sample to a vet is best.
     
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  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

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    As always, Dawg is correct! Glad to still have things to learn - and people to teach me
     
  7. RunnerChick

    RunnerChick Out Of The Brooder

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    You are setting yourself up to develop parasites that are resistant to regularly available drugs by blindly deworming the entire flock frequently. I highly recommend testing a portion of your flock. In some states the testing may be free, depending on their poultry programs. If not, price is generally $15-20 per fecal.

    For those that routinely deworm 1-2X year, you are probably okay. But deworming the entire flock isn't the ideal strategy. And frequent, repeated deworming with the same product is just about the worst strategy. Unfortunately, GI parasites of backyard poultry is not a high priority for researchers. So I'm not sure "best practices" are really known at this time. However, you can never go wrong by testing first.
     
  8. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree there are many problems with resitant parisites popping up in the equine world. If they are showing signs of illness treat but if they seem fine then don't just give them meds because the calander says so. I mean you worm the animal and it goes around the corner and eats its friends poo....they are never parasite free. You need to select for animals that can handle the parasite load in your area.
     
  9. dawg53

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    I agree with testing...IF it's available and affordable in your area. Wormers should be rotated, then no worries about resistance. Worming the whole flock at once is best, if their feet touch the ground they will get worms.
     
  10. Chictaw

    Chictaw Out Of The Brooder

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    That's why I was asking for help! We live out in the country away from any town. The nearest Vet knows nothing about chickens. I already called him for help. I am getting nothing from him so I am on my own. Thank you dawg for all your help. The tapeworms are begining to get less and less, so we are getting a handle on them. We have done a lot of cleaning in their run and we will watch the ants when they come this summer. We have a lot of problems with them, living out here in the high desert. We learned if you put cornmeal in their holes they take it down and they all die. Figure that won't hurt the girls if they get into it. Thanks again for all your help!!![​IMG]
     

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