Treating chickens for worms?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MRNpoultry, May 7, 2008.

  1. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    My hens just turned a year old and I was wondering when should I treat them for worms? Should I get DE or another kind?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    One more question, when will my hens start to molt?
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I heard that DE is not a treatment but a prevention...I know i was told to keep some wormer on hand..but forgot what kind so I hope you get lots of comments so I can learn to [​IMG] I also want to know when chickens molt! I thought I read in their second year but I could be wrong!
     
  4. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A great tip I pick up on this site was to feed chickens pumpkin seeds. Their suppose to be a natural de-wormer. Talk about being organic. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Pumpkin seeds! Cheap too! thanks for the tip [​IMG]
     
  6. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    then I'll start to get my pumpkins planted
     
  7. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Take some droppings to your vet and they can float them to see if they actually have worms and if so what kind. It costs me $10. You will spend farm more than that on a dewormer and may be doing it unnecessarily. Also, there is always the risk of accidental poisoning of chickens as you typically have to calculate the ammount of wormer to put in their drinking water. I've heard some horror stories. ><
     
  9. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    Thanks everyone

    I'll try the pumpkin seeds this fall. I thought you had to worm your chickens every year, is there any way to tell if they have worms with out taking them to the vet.

    After the first year will they molt in the spring or fall?
     

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