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Preventative Medical Practices?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SmokinChick, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. SmokinChick

    SmokinChick Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    Kingsville, MD
    Please bear with me. I read posts that imply there is a preventative schedule being followed for shots, worms and the like. The only preventative thing I have seen is for Mareks.
    My question, is there a schdule for vaccines or a worming program that should be followed? Or is it respond to the issue as it arises?
    Just looking for healthy carefree hens. Thanks

  2. Animalian

    Animalian Songster

    Jun 18, 2011
    I worm my hens every three months, same day as the dogs, aviary birds and rabbit. The theory is to worm all animals you own so they don't re-infest each other. Especially since the dog eats their poo! None of my animals have ever had a case of worms so it must work!

    I've also been told that garlic can control worms naturally. You can mince a clove of garlic and add it to a slice of torn up bread and mix it with milk then feed it to the chickens. That will feed my four, increase to however many you have!
    I give this mix to my girls in between proper wormings partially because they just love it!
  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I don't regularly worm our chickens (or dog), but I do get fecal checks done. None of them has ever came back positive, so not worming works, too!
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    As you already see, it's an individual choice. I know there are worms in my area so I worm routinely, probably twice a year. I also sprinkle Sevin in the nests, dust baths and litter occasionally, so mites/lice don't get out of hand -- I've never seen one in spite of checking, but I know they have to be around as wild birds fly over their yard all the time.

    I'll give you some links to look over.




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