I have three hens, 7 months old, all gorgeous and (apparently) healthy. We've been free-ranging them a lot lately, and with all the rain we've had this past week in southern California, they have been feasting on bugs, worms and who-knows-what-else they're pulling out of the soft, wet ground. I've used the search function to read other threads about worming and it seems to range from people worming their chickens monthly to people who never worm their chickens. I'm not anxious to get into it if I don't have to, but I want to be a good flock manager, so is this something I should be doing? I understand that you can't eat the eggs for a certain period of time after worming. Does this only relate to chemical worming methods or to homeopathic remedies as well? Are the natural remedies as effective as the chemical ones? What is the "safe" interval after which it is permissible to eat the eggs again after worming? Is worming something that is relative to flock numbers? Is it more important in a flock of 30 than a flock of three or does that not matter? Is worming something unnecessary if your flock does not free-range? Do chickens who have worms manifest symptoms? If anyone knows how to use the poll function it might be interesting to set one up to find out how many people don't worm, do worm and how often. I know I've seen polls here but am not immediately seeing anything about it on the tool bar... Thanks!