Preventitive worming?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gabby3535, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    I have 9 young chickens.........all approx. 9-11 weeks old.
    I have been adding DE to their feed since I got them, at 4-5 weeks of age.
    They are outside in the coop and run, get ACV in their water daily, are being fed chick starter with occasional
    treats of veggies, grass clippings, crickets and mealworms..............
    They all are doing very well, but I am wondering about a worming protocol.
    Some people say to worm 2 x year............and I wonder 'when' one should start this
    Do I wait until they show 'symptoms' of having worms...........and then every 6 months after that?
    Or do I worm them when they have no symptoms (as in 'now'), and every 6 months after 'that'?
    Do I switch off wormers every other time, like you do with horses...........or use the same one each time?
    And, finally, what wormer and regimen does everyone recommend?
    I need advice please..............
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2009
  2. threehorses

    threehorses Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    What I do is worm them when they're four months old or fall comes first. That way they go into the winter as worm-free as possible (as winters they need all the nutrition they can get). Then I worm again in the spring.

    Since you're using DE, I'd just worm with ivermectin once or twice a year. If you are concerned and only do it once a year, do a Wazine worming and wait two weeks and then do the ivermectin.

    Hope this helps!
  3. chickletranch

    chickletranch Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    You definitely want to be preventative with the worming. We worm 1-2 x a year with Ivermectin and Fenbendazole, and use DE in the coop/pen and on the perches. I think 4-5 months is a good age to start, as they are maturing into adults. Best, Lynn
  4. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster do you alternate the Ivermectin and Fendendazol........or are they given together?
    Also, is the dosage based on weight, or what?

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