Thin worms in chick poop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ckor, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. ckor

    ckor New Egg

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    I discovered what look like inch-long thin worms where we're keeping our chicks, which are less than a week old. They're brown and immobile and I suspect one or more of them is pooping them but I'm at a loss for what do to. A friend loaned us some Wazine but I've seen mixed feedback on chicken forums — are they too young to tolerate it? Do they even need to be de-wormed? Thanks for any feedback. This is our fourth round with chicks and this has never happened before.
     
  2. ckor

    ckor New Egg

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    Here is a picture of one I just took out of their box.[​IMG]
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It just looks like a red wiggler worm to me. Are your chicks on dirt? I can't imagine what could lead week old chicks to have an infestation of worms like this.

    If they're in a brooder, do you possibly have "helpers" who are trying to feed the baby chicks worms?
     
  4. ckor

    ckor New Egg

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    We've confirmed that the chicks are pooping what look like worms. They're currently in a tub in our house -- away from our hens outside -- but we layered the base with some hay from outside. Could that be it? Any idea how to treat them? The good news is they're otherwise acting normally.
     
  5. dawg53

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    Chicks that young dont get worms. Do NOT give them a wormer. The poop in the pic is normal. If you happen to see abit of red (blood) in poop, it is shed intestinal lining and is normal on occasion.
     
  6. ckor

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    Thanks, both. Their stools don't resemble worms anymore.
     

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