Oh god is this worms?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by traceyj, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. traceyj

    traceyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]I'm new at chickens, I added three new chooks to my flock after a two week quarantine. (now 9 ladies) and the only two old enough to lay have stopped for their moult but this morning I found what looks like a worm in the poop pile.
    Advice please because I'm grossed out.
     
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  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    WEll, it certainly could be. but you should be deworming them anyway periodically. Just go and get some broad spectrum dewormer and start them on it. You won't be able to eat the eggs for awhile, but you said they're not laying much anyway. Don't know what you have access to where you are, but Rooster Booster dewormer is usually available in feed stores here and there's plenty of stuff on line. Safeguard is another good one. Just make sure you get a broad spectrum dewormer and not one for just round worms, even though that may be all you see.
     
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  3. traceyj

    traceyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I can't rely on weekly pumpkin seeds to keep them worm free? How would they catch them? Sorry feel like a total newbie again!
     
  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Well, I think pumpkin seeds help, but they're not a cure all. The worm eggs are just in the ground, and everywhere. It's not a big deal, you just deworm them twice a year, then you can forget about it the rest of the time. If you don't though, worms can kill your birds, over time, as I found out the hard way. I don't know of any natural remedy that works completely, I wish there was one.
     
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  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Your new birds might have had them, but not necessarily.
     
  6. traceyj

    traceyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I'll get to the feed store. And pop it in my diary for spring!
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Liquid Safeguard for goats is a very good, broad spectrum wormer and is usually easy to find locally. I use that in rotation with Valbazen. I find the liquid wormers easier to measure the dose and administer then anything else. They are also much more precise in dosing then anything you add to their water or food.
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Being in Canada you might have a hard time finding liquid Safeguard or Valbazen without a prescription, but you should be able to get Safeguard or Panacur paste for horses. The Safeguard or Panacur dose I use to treat roundworms and cecal worms is 0.5ml per 2.2 pounds (50mg/kg) by mouth once and repeat in ten days. If I suspect gapeworms or capillary worms I treat for 5 days.

    -Kathy
     
  9. traceyj

    traceyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh I have panacur in cupboard for my dogs, thanks, now- how to get all of them to take some? Three I suspect of causing outbreak are rescues so not happy being handled yet!
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Perfect! Catch them at night, guess their weight and do a little math, lol, fill your syringe(s) and dose. Dose I would use is 0.5ml per kg.

    From:http://www.hopkinslivestock.com/oral_dosing_article.htm
    The hole at the back of the tongue is the entrance to the trachea - Nothing should ever go in there!

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    Please note that I was the one holding the bird and taking the pictures, please use both hands!
    • Hold bird - I like to sit with my thighs parallel to the ground, feet firmly on ground and the bird in my lap. I hold it gently, but firmly and grab the head.
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    • Open mouth and wait for bird to relax.
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    • Insert syringe - I like to insert from left to right, across the tongue, behind the trachea, into the oesophagus. Again, wait for the bird to relax.
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    • Give wormer
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