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Safeguard and blackhead prevention in peachicks

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Phage, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Honestly I would not risk it, but that's my choice. I do believe DE has it's benefits, but not as a sole wormer. Don't get me wrong, you may never have a problem if you never worm at all, but in larger flocks, or if you have a lot of wildlife such as birds etc. and you flock free ranges, I would use a chemical wormer, especially in Peafowl. I personally have not had much luck with DE with a large flock, but that's just me.

  2. featherhead

    featherhead Songster

    Feb 1, 2008
    Kentucky, USA
    NCIndiaBlue, you're right about the medicated feed being important. The most common additive for chick starter is amprolium, which is a coccidiostat. SafeGuard might help prevent some blackhead parasite but will not treat a bird once it becomes infected with blackhead. I keep DE dustbaths for the peas and chickens but still worm them anyway, rotating between 3 wormers.
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Quote:[​IMG] Panacure(safe guard) will not treat blackhead, worms can be the host. But to late after they eat them. On this subject do NOT feed earthworms.
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    The OP was asking if it helped prevent it.
  5. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Any wormer that kills the specific worms(cecal worms) that are black head hosts will help prevent it. Panacur, ivermectin, levasole, etc.

    Kill the internal parasite worms, you break up the black head host cycle. So, YES safeguard will be a preventative for this reason.

    Medicated feed is mainly for cocci, do not depend on it for dealing with other parasites than cocci.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2009
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Just some more info about these wormers from the UPA and their experiences with it.

    There are three types of capillaria worms. Capillaria caudinflata has an intermediate host in the earthworm and infect the bird�s small intestine. Capillaria obsignata is passed directly form one bird to another and infects the small intestine and ceca . Capillaria contorta can either be passed directly or by the earth worm and infects the mouth, esophagus, and crop.

    Ivomec is a very good wormer. I personally use two to three bottles a year on everything from pigeons to sheep; but is not effective against capillary worms. I, like many other, used Ivomec and automatically assumed I was doing a good job of controlling internal parasites until one fall. A peahen I had purchased during the summer started to go downhill on me. The bird had been quarantined for three weeks after it was purchased and treated for blackhead, coccidia, and wormed with Ivomec. At first, I just felt the bird needed to be rewormed, but two weeks after re worming the bird showed very little improvement. I ran a fecal sample and, you guessed it, the bird was loaded with capillary worms.

    When I called my vet and explained what I had found , he couldn�t believe that I had never read the package insert for the product. His words were �It�s not a miracle drug. It has its limitations. If you want to get capillaria, you should be using Panacure:. I used the Panacure not only on the sick bird but on all my peafowl. The sick bird recovered and was laying eggs the following spring.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2009
  7. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind

  8. critterluv

    critterluv Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    What is the dosage for the safeguard and Ivomec.Also how long until eggs are ok to use again.

    Sorry,Not trying to hijack the thread.
  9. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    For Safeguard (the "goat" formula) I used 3ml in a gallon of water.
  10. juliawitt

    juliawitt Songster

    Aug 9, 2009
    Okay....I am "CONFUSED". What is the best regiment for worming both peafowl and chickens? Safeguard and?????

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