I have perused thread after thread regarding tapeworms. -recently noticed segments in the droppings. -tried Verm-x (preferring natural) which did nothing for the tapes. Today, I used Zimecterin Gold. The main hen which I suspected of having tapes eliminated six or seven in two droppings. Good grief! The gals have been laying every day without fail. They have been running all over the lawn and eating very well. -would NOT have thought they were infested with worms. -no symptoms other than shedding segments. Anyway, I am perplexed. I've always thought that "free-ranging" is optimal. -have given the gals access to the lawn and garden. They love chasing bugs. -questioning now whether to continue if bugs are the hosts for the tapes. Uggh! I scoop our lawn, daily - several times. Also, the run and coops are meticulously and thoroughly cleaned and kept each and every day. -not sure what else can be done on the "sanitation" side of things. They live as well as humans (for the most part). Any suggestions on how to eliminate/prevent these nasty, nasty tapeworms?????? ...or are worms just common-place and simply co-exist with all chickens???