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Questions about worming To worm or not to worm?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sarevan, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Sarevan

    Sarevan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first post,... This is the first flock I have had. Our hens are 8 mo old getting up to 10 eggs a day from 13 hens. We have never wormed them since we got them have all been healthy, except for some pasty butt as chicks. They were on medicated feed, until switch to Layena in August.

    Last night as they were going up to roost I was checking them over and noticed that more then half had squishy crops, not over inflated felt near empty, no gross smells from any of them. They have pellets in feeder that we keep pretty much filled all the time. As weather has gotten colder they are eating more. We have ACV in the 2 water containers. They get grit and oyster shell too. We have no rooster unless he is hiding as hen some of the girls have feathers mussed up on back and near tail, possible rooster or pecking each other. Haven't seen any of them being mounted.

    One of the hens is thin, eats treats and see her through out day eating. She is low on pecking order and we make sure she gets her share of things we put out for them. Checking the run and droppings see no sign of worms, although was freaked out after they had eaten some purple cabbage and the color of droppings were very strange colored!

    Anyway even if they appear healthy and no visible signs of parasites should we worm them? Going on the near empty crops at roosting time would this be a possibility of them having worms? Also of the one hen(california grey) being so much lighter then the others?

    After lurking this site for months we check them frequently for pests, spots, smells (lol), and watch for strange behaviors. Should I have them on a worming schedule, how long to toss out eggs after worming. Even chicken man at feed store said if they are healthy looking don't worm. So to worm or not to worm?




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    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Not having a firm, full crop at roost time sounds more like sour crop to me than worms. Usually with worms you see the weight loss and acting ill, sometimes worms in poop depending on the type of worm, but not necessarily crop problems. Usually there is no need to worm before one ear, and then it's a personal choice. Some people never give chemical wormers, some give them 4 or 5 times a year. If your climate is mild and wet, you are more likely to have worms in your soil. But I am wondering if they are eating something they shouldn't, particularly if they have access to compost or moldy material, which might set up a problem in their crop.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/614951/help-me-with-sour-crop-please/0_20#post_8158813

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ll-seeing-live-worms-in-poo/0_20#post_9315842

    http://healthybirds.umd.edu/Disease/Deworming Birds.pdf
     

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