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Ugh, should I worm?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Triplecross, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had chickens for years and they always free ranged. Anyway, I never wormed them or paid much attention to them unless obviously injured. They were always great layers and healthy!

    But now, I've gotten into chickens as a hobby. I give them names, treats, spend hours talking to them and taking pictures, etc. Recently I noticed they combs all seem pale. They seem fine and are 6.5 months old, laying and active pets.

    What other signs are there to knowing if they have worms? Or should I just worm them for good measure?
     
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If they have pale combs it could be for several reasons, including molting or just not laying. But there is no harm in deworming them. It is really better not to deworm during harsh winter weather, but you could use Strike 3 for right now, which is pretty gentle, and you can just mix it with their food. It does a pretty good job. I like to break up the Strike 3 pellets into smaller pieces as I think the chickens are more likely to eat them when they're smaller. I just got some Strike 3 for our flock because we've had such a mild winter here, that I want to make sure they're not picking up a lot of worms that may not have not been killed off by cold.. If you want to have a better idea as to whether they have worms or not, you can ask a vet to do a fecal float for you. Our vet will do them for us, though he's not an avian vet, and he only has a small charge for a fecal.
     
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    I agree that it can't do any harm to worm your flock, but if infestations are serious, you should (broadly speaking) be able to see some evidence of worms in their poop. If you are not into going around looking closely at chicken poop, then worming them (following the advice of chicknmania) should be fine.

    After de-worming, feeding a little pro-biotic yoghurt can help to re-build the good gut flora etc that will have been stripped by the de-worming meds. Mine go nuts for yoghurt!

    All the best
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  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    yes, I agree, yogurt and buttermilk are good. But when ours had worms, we never saw anything,m they were Capillary worms, and we couldn't see thenm at all. They're very hard to get rid of. chickens can get lots of different types of worms, which is why you should use a broad spectrum dewormer.
     
  5. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I'll be at TSC in a few days and pick some up there.

    Can I still eat and/ or incubate the eggs?
     
  6. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You can with Strike 3. Not with anything else though. There's a three to four week withdrawal period with other kinds of dewormers.I mean as far as I know you can INCUBATE the eggs with any kind of dewormer, but not eat the eggs, or the meat, unless it's Strike 3.
     
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  7. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you chicknmania!
     
  8. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You are welcome, good luck! :)
     

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