To deworm or not

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JeninMN, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. JeninMN

    JeninMN Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008

    We are finishing up with a molt, I think....finally!

    We have 1.5 year olds and 6 month old buff orps.

    I have never seen any evidence of worms but should we go ahead and deworm now while we are still not getting many eggs? How long do we have to throw the eggs out for?

    I read alot of posts on deworming but there must be a simple way of getting something and just giving it to them in their water or something isn't there? If we SHOULD deworm them I would like to do it before they start laying eggs good again...

    I live in central MN...any advice is so much appreciated!!

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    Personally I don't worm prophylacticly. However, if you feel you want to worm your birds I'd recommend Ivermectin. It's a cattle pour on that is effective against both internal & external parasites. It is not labeled for use on poultry but for cattle there is no meat or milk withdrawl period. Most assume that this would hold true for eggs as well. Apply a couple of drops on the skin under the wing.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Just make sure it's Ivomec Eprinex Pour-On, not Ivomec Invermectin--I'm sure invermectin has a withdrawal (doesn't it?). I've used Eprinex, 1/2 cc on the skin on the back of the neck though you can do as NYReds says and put it under the wing. And, we eat the eggs because of the no withdrawal for meat or milk, as was stated previously.
  4. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    Will this also kill mites if there are any? Haven't seen any worms or mites, just wondering...I'm in the same boat as OP, would like to worm if needed before the birds go into Winter Quarters.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    EPRINEX[​IMG] (eprinomectin)
    Pour-On for Beef and Dairy Cattle

    With the highest level of parasite control available, EPRINEX gives you more. More strength. More speed. More productivity.

    EPRINEX[​IMG] (eprinomectin) Pour-On is the strongest, most potent
    parasite control product available. EPRINEX is the only endectocide proven to increase milk production and offers the following advantages:
    Broadest spectrum of control, including biting and sucking lice
    Fastest acting
    Longest lasting
    Zero milk withdrawal
    Zero meat withdrawal
    Weatherproof formulation
    EPRINEX controls more stages of internal and external parasites than any other parasiticide for cattle. In fact, EPRINEX kills more of the fourth-stage larvae that can hinder the performance of dairy cattle and kills tailhead/udder mange mites, sarcoptic mange mites, lice, grubs, and horn flies that can cause irritation and reduce milk production. Even at 14 days post treatment, EPRINEX is 99% efficacious against Chorioptes bovis (tailhead/udder mange).1

    EPRINEX is indicated for the treatment and control of:
    Gastrointestinal Roundworms, including inhibited Ostertagia ostertagi
    Sucking and biting lice
    Chorioptic and Sarcoptic mange mites
    Horn flies​
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Where do you buy Eprinex?
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Feedstores, western stores, etc. It's expensive, but goes a very long way. It's close to $50 for a 250 ml bottle.
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:Yes, that's the smallest size bottle I've seen, too. I only have five bantams, so that would probably be a lifetime supply of the stuff for me. Hope it keeps well!
  9. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2007
    You can worm with VERM-X then there is NO egg withdraw period!!!!!!!!

    It is an all natural wormer that you can put in their water (or feed) once a month.

    This stuff is great!!!!!
  10. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wonder if it works for fleas on cats and dogs as well...

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