I bought a partridge silky hen from a vet over a month ago. Upon bringing the lil cutie home, I noticed that she had a mild case of mites and tapeworm The vet offered to take her back and said that she doesn't usually treat for tapeworm (!?!), but I am attached to this sweet chick and I couldn't have her go back to a life full of tapeworm and mites. I treated her for the mites with Sevin, which are now gone and I also treated her for the tapeworm with Albendazole. I no longer see any sign of the worms in her scat (for about a week solid now), but I'm worried there still might be viable eggs or some piece of worm I'm not seeing still hanging on. I did read however, that the tapeworm needs an intermediate host such as a beetle/worm/ant/slug/snail/termite to be transmitted to the chicken. Is that true? The hen, Artemis, tells me frequently that she would really like to go scratch and preen with my other three bantams in the yard. I would love to make it so, but I just can't expose them to tapeworm until I know for sure that it is dead and gone from her system. Any thoughts/advice?