Pullets ate a mouse - should I deworm now?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Trish1974, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Crowing

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    To my horror and disgust I saw one of my girls catch a baby mouse yesterday, and her and another pullet pulled it apart and ate it. [​IMG] I frequently have to deworm my barn cats for tapeworms from eating rodents; should I go ahead and deworm these girls or wait until I see tapeworms in their poo? I'm sure the nasty little rodent was already infested. I did start them on garlic yesterday after the incident but didn't know if I should pull out the big guns (a name brand dewormer) and if so, what would you recommend? If it matters, I do keep them on ACV and oregano daily, and they get probiotics for a 3 day run every week, so they are healthy girls!
     

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  3. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Crowing

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    Thank you!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Agrees with FFN......plus mammalian parasites usually cannot live in avians.
     
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 on both counts -- those are some good girls you have there, OP!
     

  6. FoodFreedomNow

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    You're welcome! I'm with you on the probiotics - keeps them healthy. [​IMG]
     
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  8. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Crowing

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    So chickens can't get tapeworms??
     
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  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I had no idea chickens liked mice until one time a cat caught a mouse in the chicken coop and the chickens chased the poor thing around until they got the mouse from her! [​IMG] It was the funniest thing to watch, but I felt kind of sorry for the cat.
     

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