Laying Hens/Worm Medicine?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kentucky, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Kentucky

    Kentucky In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008

    1. Do you give your laying hens worm medicine?
    2. What type medicine?
    3. How often?
    4. After treatment, do you eat the eggs?


  2. christmaschicken

    christmaschicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    Christmas, Florida
    I will have to keep checking to see what kind of answer you get because wanted to use some on all the other hens but I was afraid of the ones who are laying only 2 out of 6 that is... but they all use the same water container. Soooo I have been wondering myself?[​IMG]
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have wormed my three year old flock twice. The first time was at almost two years old because I saw a worm in one of the roosters poops. I did it again several months later due to very wet weather and seeing them eat lots of worms from the ground. If you use Ivomec EPRINEX pour-on for cattle, you use a needleless syringe and squirt 1/2 cc behind the neck of the larger birds and 1/4 cc for bantams. Reapply in two weeks or so to get later-hatching worm eggs.
    The rest of the time, I use natural wormers like buttermilk with chopped unsalted pumpkin seeds. It paralyzes the worms so they can be expelled in the poop. There is a follow-up with molasses in water to help the poop flow, so to speak and get those worms out. That's more of a preventative than a cure for a heavy load of worms, though. I dont plan to worm my birds unless I feel there is a specific reason. With Eprinex, there is no milk or meat withdrawal with cattle, so I continue eating eggs after using that. That would be up to you, though. Invermectin use would necessitate a withdrawal period, but it's only a guess for the actual time. I would do two weeks after the last meds are given, but that is really a guess.
  4. smfritch

    smfritch In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Weaverville, CA
    My vets both told me not to use Invermectin if you are going to eat the chicken or the egg because it can stay in their systems (and eggs) for months. We have used a compound called Wazine 17 and it seems to do the job. They recommend that you don't eat the chickens or the eggs for at least five days after treatment. It's also approved by the FDA and NADA for use on chickens, turkeys and swine. Just my two cents....

    Steven [​IMG]
  5. jacyjones

    jacyjones Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    Aberystwyth, Wales
    I am in the UK and use a natural wormer called Vermx - pellets you mix in the food 3 days running once a month. It is also available in liquid form. There is no withdrawal period as it is not chemicals and seems to work well - my girls have no worms.[​IMG]
  6. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    btw, pumpkin seeds work wonders in people to, for worms, for giardia, for all kinds of things . . .
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Wazine will only get roundworms. There are many others it wont even touch, like gapeworm, hookworms, capillary worms, tapeworms, etc. Jacy, we dont have the things you have in the UK. I know because there was a certain med I was looking for and it's only in the UK. I believe it was a no-withdrawal time wormer, actually, just now the one you mentioned.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008
    Thanks BYC:

    At present the wife's young flock appears very healthy with one hen that started to lay(nine eggs and counting).

    However, at some point I hear that its important to "worm" them to keep them healthy.

  9. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    We have never wormed our flock and they are over 2 years old. We do however, feed the ground unsalted pumpkin seeds and buttermilk and garlic on a regular basis. As speckledhen said, this is preventative. So far, we have seen worms, but no live ones. We have some egg customers that have compromised immune systems, so we prefer not to use chemicals on our flock or give them drugs.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  10. shakecc

    shakecc In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Central OH
    Quote:Do you just buy them at the grocery store? How often do you feed the buttermilk/pumpkin seed mixture?


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