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what do you use to worm chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by miron28, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. miron28

    miron28 Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    i went to the coop this morning to clean the coop like i do every morning and found one of my chickens have worms does this mean all of the chickens have worms or just the one? what should i buy or what could i do to get rid of the worms?
  2. Lots of people on here use a chemical call evirnmic. I use Wazine
    once a year and do it twice in a two week period.
    Lot more work, but the chickens come out of it happier and healthier.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Wazine only treats roundworms.
    It's best if you can have a fecal float done by the vet to determine what type of worm(s) you are dealing with. If it's not roundworms then wazine would be a waste of time and money.
    I used valbazen, which like eprinex is a cattle wormer. It treats liver flukes, tapeworms, stomach & intestinal worms and lungworms.
  4. miron28

    miron28 Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    thank you for the info
  5. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    I use Eprinex once a year in the fall. I also put DE in their food and use apple cider vinegar in their water.
  6. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State

    I use DE in their food. I also dust the coop and their nests with it and haven't had any mites or lice either.

    God Bless,
  7. The round worm is the most common type of worm a chicken gets.
    If one uses the DE religiously, then the other types of worms stay in check. I do not feed DE, some do. I have not tried valbazen, the google search says it is albendazole. albenazole is benzimidazole and used in HUMANS. It is used for cattle and sheep. This is what I would consider an "off lable" type of medication. Many, many drugs are used for chickens and are "off lable". Those of us that have to treat thier flock know that we are forced to use chemicals that are 'off labele' So I will keep an eye out for this stuff and try it.

    I am NOT a fan of Ivermic. I think it is much too harsh for chickens and this is made for cattle, sheep and large mamals.

    Ivernmic does apparently take care of "gapeworms".

    You question answered is YES, they more than likely all have worms if you find a poop with worms.

    If you can see the worms it is MOST likey the round worm.

    If they look like this in a float:


    It is round worms
  8. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    sorry for butting in but do you have to do regular worming with chickens? if so, what should i use and how often?

  9. briteday

    briteday Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I wormed mine with fenbendazole 10% liquid (branded as Safeguard and Panacur) over the Christmas holidays. I bought the liquid solution for goats and used 1 ml per 1 liter of water for three days. And we didn't eat the eggs for 2 weeks.

    Since this medication is not approved officially for poultry, and I am a biochemist, I went looking for information regarding the use in chickens. Here is the information for dosing that I used...





    I live in an area where parasites are rare since we are very dry and have below freezing temps in the winter. The only reason I wormed the pullets was because they came from a guy who housed them in a previously used dog kennel and with dogs on either side of the chickens. Because parasites are not a real problem where I live, I normally only worm any of my animals if I get a positive fecal float result back fromt he vet. I generally take a fecal specimen in form my dogs, cat, and now the chickens once per year...or if I have reason to suspect that one of the animals has an infestation. The cost for the test is very reasonable and I get the results back within one day.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009
  10. Quote:A fellow scientist. We may have a lot to talk about. I often thought about "sageguard (fenbendazole)". We worm our horses with this, especially the babies.

    Did not think there would be papers on this or any one would even care to do a study when it came to the chicken.

    Thanks, this may be a nice alternative to Ivernmectin, I think it too harsh for the chickens.

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