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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RenoHuskerDu, Mar 21, 2019.
I think there’s plenty with just as much knowledge that would step up to help out regardless.
One female roundworm lays thousands of eggs a day which are excreted in feces onto and into the soil. (Of course chickens will have many more female worms internally lol.)
Chickens constantly peck the soil and in doing so pick up eggs and swallow them. If birds are penned, they'll will need to be wormed more frequently. Check out the worms direct lifecycle:
Many species of roundworms have secondary hosts like earthworms, beetles, grasshoppers, cockroaches, slugs and snails.
OK ladies and gentlemen,
The CEO (chicken executive officer) of our marriage has spoken. She wants to try Flubenvet, because eggs may still be consumed. I found this post from 2010, which I won't necropost but merely cite here (https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/flubenvet-1.415210/)
But so far, I can't find any Flubenvet for sale, so that rends the whole issue moot. Do y'all have a source to buy Flubenvet? The 2010 post mentions ordering it from New York (where I've recently decided I won't do business, but I can't discuss why because some kind, inclusive forum members might withhold their knowledge from me).
My only local choices today (I shop to support local family businesses) are Safeguard or Durafend. https://www.durvet.com/product/durafend/ Y'all have already recommended Safeguard, how about Durafend?
Our chickens free range, but spend a lot of time under the chicken trailer, pecking at spilled feed. Which has plenty of poop too. We do supplement water with ACV. But they got worms despite that.
The fancy feeders where chickens stick their head in a little port might cure this issue. Rentacoop sells very nice ones, but they are expensive, and Rentacoop cautions that there is a chicken learning curve for them to climb to learn how to eat.
Here in Central Texas, we have grasshoppers, scorpions, and earthworms, in that order. The chickens go nuts for grasshoppers, chase them around like crazy. Scorpions are a delicacy too but less common. If grasshoppers are a worm vector, that could be a problem. But the grasshoppers are not out yet this year.
That's not entirely true. Flubenvet (flubendazole) is not approved for laying hens in the US, it's approved for laying hens in the UK.
However, fenbendazole (Safeguard) *is* approved for laying hens in the US.
This explains how to treat a flock for large roundworms and cecal worms. The dose used will not treat capillary worms.
Ask the boss lady if she wants to spend a few extra dollars in order the Safe-guard Aquasol.
@casportpony can you post a link to that one here please, I'm on the road.