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question about worms in water

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BlackGiantMerlin, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. BlackGiantMerlin

    BlackGiantMerlin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All -- I'm sure some of you have seen these too and someone must know what they are --- we feed our flock twice a day in addition to mucking (yep, just like with horses) and scrub out their water bowls with vinegar once a day. Even though it's less than a 24 hour period lately I've been finding these gross worms in their water bowl - they kind of look like earthworms, but smaller and lighter. They even survive in the really cold temps and frigid water. Sometimes I see the same worms in bird baths we have on our property -- though we refresh the water daily and even with the wild bird baths I also scrub them out with vinegar for a good cleaning but not daily -- usually every week or two. I also regularly brush the ground with DE for a natural de-worming for our chickens and any of the wild birds that hang out here. What the heck are these things and where are they coming from? I've read about worms from beetles (?) -- this is definitely not from flies cause I know what those look like and it's also too cold right now - we have almost no mosquitoes. We do have some kangaroo rats that live nearby - they are tiny like a small brown mouse. They usually feed on the local mesquite pods but they are drawn to the water bowls in our chicken coop -- that is actually another problem -- even though we replenish and clean the water daily sometimes I find these mice having drowned in a water tub. But the worms, every year when it gets cold I see them -- not near as much when it's hotter and drier. Anyone have any clues, thoughts to share on this? Should we be concerned over the health of our chickens?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I find these in our bird bath- I would love to know what they are too!

    I dump out the old water frequently too- so it isn't sitting there forever.
     
  3. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I see noone has answered yet so I'll give you my opinion.
    Your talking about one worm so that is not a parasite infestation correct?
    It being a brown worm I'm assuming one of your birds dropped it in the water??? You did say bottle?
    A picture of the worm would help.
    Check this page out it might help.
    http://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/chickenhouses/Worming_Poultry.html
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  5. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think so if she is changing the water daily the larvae does not have time to hatch.
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    A picture is needed. Description so far is vague enough for a slug to be involved.
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    To me they look like short worms about one inch in length, kind of whitish and not very large in diameter. Not like grubs - not like roundworms either. Wider than roundworms.

    Is this what you are seeing too BlackGiantMerlin?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A geographical location would help too.
     
  9. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol@the slug comment.
    :) merry xmas everyone.
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

     

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