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To Worm or Not to Worm-Need Advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mylilchix, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    About 3 weeks ago my egg production went from 10 eggs a day down to 2 or 3. I had a few better egg days here and there, but it's been terrible this last week. I've checked for mites and the girls look fine. I put a light in their coop and that's not helping. I have 1 y/o birds who are growing feathers after a rough roo. What I'm worried about are my girls who started laying in July and August and who've mysteriously stopped. Do you think I should worm them. I haven't seen any evidence of worms, but we have had a very wet summer. I'm wondering if they may have worms and that's why they aren't laying. What should I do?

    Thanks, Sonja

  2. Elchick

    Elchick In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    I'm not sure, but I believe it's better to be safe than sorry. Worming is admittedly, very tough on their bodies, but if egg production is bad then it might be a good time to do that anyway, without the additional stress of laying. It might also be the change in season. Sometimes as the seasons shift my birds abruptly stop laying, too, then start up again. Whatever it is, I hope it's successfully diagnosed by more experienced BYC members! Good luck!
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Thanks for your input. My original flock started laying last Novemeber, so I don't know what to expect when the colder months set in. They haven't been wormed yet, so I'm thinking it wouldn't hurt.

  4. Elchick

    Elchick In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    I think your right. Even if you don't know what will happen once the colder months come around, you could worm them as a precaution while their laying has lapsed, so after the colder months you'll be able to successfully determine the definite cause of the lower egg production without gambling with your birds' health.
  5. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Songster

    May 24, 2009
    Temperance, MI
    You can take samples of a few droppings and mix together take it to a vet office and have them do a fecal float to see if there are any eggs.
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
  7. cheirogloss

    cheirogloss In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2009
    Lenoir, NC
    Honestly, I wouldn't worm. Everyone has always given me great advice on here, but when my hen got sick and subsequently died everyone said to worm her. As it turns out, she was sick due to GI issues and the necropsy indicated that she was completely worm free. I would have the chick's poop checked for worms before you introduce chemicals. If there is an underlying issue, you will just put them under way more stress for nothing by worming them. JMHO.

  8. obe10

    obe10 Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    Irmo, South Carolina
    worming never hurts! i would do it just in case. i thought my hen had worms so i wormed her, turns out she didn't but i was just being safe by doing that.

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