Question about worming!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by honeykat1, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. honeykat1

    honeykat1 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2014
    Whenever I have wormed my chickens I have noticed them eating the worms that they have expelled. Isn't this defeating the purpose of worming when they just ingest them again? I tried to get answers on the Internet but have not been successful. Please help with any advise you may have.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2015
  2. mightymax

    mightymax Songster

    Oct 8, 2013
    Central Coast, CA
    That would depend on the type of wormer you used. Say we're talking about roundworms. There are a few different types of concoctions that get rid of these. Some actually kill the worm and some do not, they merely paralyze the worm so it detaches from the intestinal wall and is expelled. But these worms are not to be considered dead by any stretch of the imagination. They are just temporarily 'stunned'. I believe Wayzine treats roundworms in this fashion. Others actually kill the worms, in which case re ingesting them, although not appetizing nor encouraged, is probably not all that harmful.


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