Medicated chick starter and worming??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Albanese07, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Albanese07

    Albanese07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if his is the correct forum but I have a question about using medicated chic starter crumbles - if using do you still need to worm the chicks ? Will adding de to thier food work and how old do they need to be to add it if needed? Thanks! :)
     
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  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    If the chicks have a worm problem, yes. The medicated feed contains coccidiostats, which do nothing to the worms. DE is not very effective, and it can cause respiratory issues.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Do they have worms?

    DE is pretty much useless. I wouldn't waste my money on it or my time looking for it. I used to be a religious user of DE when I first started keeping poultry, but noticed no benefits. The only thing it is really good for is knocking the stink down in a soggy run. Useless as a wormer, and only questionably effective as a preventative for external parasites.
     
  4. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I relied on natural remedies for my flock and wound up getting a yard full of sick birds with lots of parasites. I still use DE as a food additive because it has trace minerals, but I do not use it as a wormer. As a wormer, it did nothing.
    I have my flock on a alternating wormer schedule. I would worm them at 14 or 16 weeks with valbazen, then use another type of wormer. There is lots of info on here regarding worming.
     

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