tapeworm question???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kyrose, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    can chickens get tapeworm and if so what are the syptoms and do they come out in their poo?
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    I would assume they can because cats can get tape worm from eating mice... and sometimes chickens will eat mice
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yes, they can. But they are bird tapeworms not other-species-specific tapeworms. IIRC, ground beetles (family Carabidae) are the intermediate hosts for the most-common chicken tapeworms (whereas mice and other small rodents are the intermediate host for the commonest cat tapeworms); but there are a variety of chicken tapeworms, with a variety of different intermediate hosts (other insects, snails, worms, etc etc). I do not know whether chickens ever get non-bird tapeworms; tapeworms are less host-specific than many internal parasites, though.

    A light tapeworm infestation is supposedly real common in chickens, esp. those that free-range or have access to a run; they are not generally considered much of a problem unless you have a *heavy* infestation or the chicken has some other health problem(s) as well. If you see evidence of tapeworm in stools or vomit in *any* animal that usually means there is a very heavy infestation. The other indication of heavy tapeworm infestation would be chronic weight loss (although of course there are any number of OTHER things that can cause that too).

    Hope this helps,


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