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my chickens have gape worm - help please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by joyful-homemaker, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    central ohio
    I just got a confirmation of gape worm from the most wonderful chicken vet. I need to know if anyone here has had experience with this and if so what do I do. I have wazine but not sure it will help. DE is what the vet recomended and also panera granuals for horses but didn't know the dose. Can anyone help me please?
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Wazine will not help. All I know is ivermectin injectable (given orally). That should kill them in one treatment. Not sure if eprinex pour on is the same, I know it is made by the same company. Maybe someone else will know.

    Ivomec Injectable (ivermectin)

    Ivomec injectable is used for treatment of worms in your fowl, and can be used to help keep external parasites, like Red Mites, down too.


    You will need a syringe to get ivomec out of the bottle, and you can use it to apply the dosage listed below by holding the birds mouth open, and dripping it into the back of its throat. Another method is to apply the correct dosage to a piece of bread, then feed it to the bird you are treating.

    * 5 to 7 drops orally for adult size birds.
    * 3 to 5 drops orally for bantam size birds.

    It is recommended to worm your fowl on a regular basis, and this method will need to be repeated every 2 to 3 months to keep worms under control. In severe cases, you may want to retreat the bird 10 days after the initial treatment, to make sure you take care of the problem.

    Ivomec can be purchased at most farm supply stores in the cattle section.


    Take care not to eat the eggs after treating with Ivomec until the treated fowl has laid at least five to seven eggs.
  3. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    central ohio
    I am scared to use ivomec, will de help at all?
  4. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I've never used DE. I have heard that it only is a preventative, not a treatment.
  5. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    DE wont help at all, Gapworms are located in the trachea(windpipe) and are blood feeders..fenbendazole, Valbazen or Ivomec is your best bet...........
  6. Hello:
    Now that you have a confirmed case of gapeworm, could you PLEASE inform us of the symptoms you have experienced. Also, people have told me that they actually can see the worms if they open thier chickens mouths and look. I have used injectable ivermectin on horses. I used it orally without a hitch. On chickens, i do not know. There is the eprenix (spelling) procuct that you let absorb through the skin. What does your Vet say??
  7. joyful-homemaker

    joyful-homemaker Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    central ohio
    Yes I will share my story. The sad thing is when the hatchery had me treat my birds for coccidiosis years ago, Im now certain that this is what my birds had instead. I lost so many birds needlessly:(
    Anyhow - what about panacur horse wormer. The vet thinks this will work but does not have a dose for me. anyone ever try this?

    I cannot see the worms in their throat, but getting a chicken to hold still while I look down its throat is not working for me. I did see the worms in their stool weeks ago, but thought it was blood instead. They shake their heads constantly too.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2008
  8. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Research gape worms and their life cycle. Without looking it up, I think maybe they incubate in earth worms and snails and such and can continue to thrive for years in the same location. May have to move their coop/range area. Good Luck!
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Umm, this post is 2.5 years old. [​IMG]
  10. Lucysmom002

    Lucysmom002 Songster

    May 6, 2011
    Hmm post is old but anyway..
    so what are the signs of gapeworm?? I have had chickens for a year now, I have some that are a few months old.
    One of my hens shakes her head all the time and one does that gaping mouth thing once in awhile. I want to do a preventative or something.

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