Thank you, that is helpful! I used to be a vet tech, and have read many fecal floats (for cats and dogs). We have a microscope at home… maybe I should just do it myself periodically. LOL Of course, we were mainly looking for roundworms, hookworms, tapes, and coccidia. I'd have no clue how to check for gapeworms, which concern me.You can have fecals checked at your veterinarian's office, and then deal with the results. Some flocks will need worming for different parasites fairly often, and some nearly never. I've had more issues with mites than anything else here, and then I use permethrin, and Ivermectin. Fenbendazole and Ivermectin aren't approved for use in chickens, but are very effective. There's no approved egg withdrawal time for either product, so we kind of 'wing it' to our comfort level. You can look it up on farad.org for more information. Mary
I have Safeguard for goats. Do you give it to them directly or do you add it to the water? I only have 7 birds, so I'm sure I can dose each of them when the time comes. I'll just have to put the roo elsewhere when I dose the girls. LOLI deworm two to three times a year, rotating between Valbazen and liquid Safeguard for goats. The concern with relying only on fecal tests is that not all worms that chickens get live in the intestinal tract so not all of them show up on a fecal test.
I have Safeguard for goats. Do you give it to them directly or do you add it to the water? I only have 7 birds, so I'm sure I can dose each of them when the time comes. I'll just have to put the roo elsewhere when I dose the girls. LOL