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Should de- worm???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kkowa, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. kkowa

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    I was just wondering if I should deworm my chickens. and what everyone's thought is on it?
     
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    Do your chickens have worms? If not, not necessary.

    Chris
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    You can take fecal samples to a vet and have them take a look under a microscope.
     
  4. kkowa

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    I don't know for sure if they have them im just thinking just to be on the safe side
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    I wouldn't medicate any animal, or myself, unless there was proof that it was indeed needed and exactly what it was so the proper chemical could be applied.
     
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    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    Would this be proof enough for you?
     
  7. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Many people can't afford to take poop samples to the vet. I just assume they probably have some worms that can escalate out of control. Twice a year my 25 silkies get a .025 dose of Eprinex squirted between their shoulder blades. Other times I use Fenbendazol (Safe Guard) for dogs. Same dose per pound as a dog mixed with food, usually oatmeal and water, letting each chicken have so many bites before passing it on to the next chicken. Both products are available at Tractor Supply. Just my 2 cents.
     
  8. kkowa

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    can I use any dewormers that go into the mouth?
     
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    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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    Yes. Valbazen liquid cattle/sheep wormer or safeguard liquid goat wormer can be given orally. Use a syringe without a needle to administer one wormer or the other. Dosage is orally undiluted 1/2cc for standard size birds, 1/4cc for smaller birds. Redose again in 10 days (either wormer.) There's a 14 day withdrawal period after the last dosing. Either wormer should be at your feed store, if not, Jefferslivestock.com carries both.
     
  10. kkowa

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    ok thanks so much is there anything that does not have a waiting period in it?
     

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