....rages on! today, I was told to feed the chickens (wait for it......) COAL! to prevent worms. Really? Has anyone ever heard this? Some of you may have seen my previous post on worms. Based on advice (received here~thanks dawg and all the other suggestions), I set off in search of valbazen. No Luck. As I dropped my boy off at 4H, I decided to pop in the AG EXT. office and ask the livestock guy his thoughts. He said, Wazine (actually the other name that starts with a "p"). He also said that he didn't understand every one's move away from that particular product. He also suggested put lime in the run (keeping the chicken inside until watered in) to prevent worm growth in the soil. OK, I can handle that.... Stop 2--pop into the local feed store for a look at the options. I ask about the valbazen or any other suggestions. Wazine again. I have some but, decided to inquire further. So out comes the chicken guy. And I quote, "I didn't tell ya this... but I feed 'em coal & ain't never had a problem with worms". The shock on my face was apparently obvious so he proceeds to tell me that his daddy and granddaddy always had. Still I'm not sure that anyone/thing should ingest coal. Not sure I can handle that..... I'm a middle of the road kinda girl. I try to do the best to treat/care for/love the things in my life to the best of my ability. All these opinions are becoming a little too much for me. I guess we all know what they say about opinions.... So, if you would like to contribute to the debate......please share your opinion/thoughts/rant. ps. i'm going with the wazine (this time) b/c it's on hand, a good coop cleaning, possibly the lime (if we have some), & a keen eye. ordering valbazen for next time. thanks for your help, y'all!