To Worm or Not To Worm?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lalalindsay, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. lalalindsay

    lalalindsay In the Brooder

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    Maybe a weird question.... I don't believe mine have worms, no dirty eggs (other than from one nesting box where one misbehaving hen ALWAYS sits and poops) but I am SUPER paranoid about worms. Worms are a bizarre phobia of mine, lol. I do feed them pumpkin sometimes for this reason because I have heard it's a "natural de-wormer". Unless I have reason to believe there's an issue, is there any reason to get Wazine or another actual de-wormer? I would rather NOT unless I need to; however, the idea of worms really, really, genuinely freaks me out. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    Worms are worse in warm moist climates.
    All animals on pasture are likely to have a light load of worms which healthy chickens can handle.
    If you are worried, have a fecal float test read to see if and what kinds of worms they have so you can choose the appropriate anthelmintic. Not all wormers work on all worms.
    For instance, wazine is for roundworms. If they don't have roundworms, there is no reason to treat for them.
     
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  3. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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  4. turdus

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    I like to use herbal wormers. Chemicals freak me out - don't like to use unless it is a do or die situation. We have 18 chickens that share a sizeable yard with goats. I don't worm regularly but keep some garlic bits in their water and ACV on occasion although I am going to start doing ACV regularly. I have a sick chicken right now that I am pretty certain has aspergillosis. If I had kept ACV in their water at all times she may not have gotten sick. But back to wormers - every time I have a sick one I fear it is worms but they always come up almost worm free. From my research, healthy chickens shouldn't need to be wormed all the time.
     
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  5. lalalindsay

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    Thank you all for the replies.... I am so wary of chemicals too and will definitely have a float test done first before I do anything. How much ACV do you put in their water?
     
  6. turdus

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    I was told 1 tsp/gal. I bet there many different opinions on this though... I plan to do some research to be sure before I start adding it regularly. And remember only put ACV in plastic water containers - it will corrode the metal ones.
     
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  7. lalalindsay

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    Thank you! I am definitely going to check this out... I love me some ACV.
     
  8. dawg53

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    If their feet touch the ground, they'll get worms.
    Natural products dont work.
     
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  9. turdus

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    I have had very good success with natural products. My goats were loaded with worms (they have feet that touch the ground too) and after treating with a natural wormer their fecal float came up clean. Natural remedies take time and patience and must be high quality to work. All of those things are rare in our society on many levels. Chickens have been around a lot longer than fenbendaziadiapramcrapitazole and self medicated with food (natural remedy) as do all animals except most of us.
     
  10. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    Also, continuous use of ACV is not a good idea... the acidity is hard on the mucus membranes and it can make their systems inhospitable for good gut bacteria, not just the bad...
     

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