What is DE? Do I need to deworm my chicks?

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

  1. paynemom

    paynemom In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Robinson, TX
    My three oldest pullets are 16wks. Do I need to deworm them before they start laying? I haven't noticed any illness, but is it routine? I couldn't find any info on the learning center boards. Advice? I also have 3 11wk old chicks.
  2. stilwellchick

    stilwellchick Songster

    Jun 16, 2007
    Stilwell, KS
    DE is diatomacious earth. It is made from crushed tiny fossils. You should only use food grade DE. The rest is poisonous. You can do a search for DE and it's uses. As far as your "teenager chickens" I wouldn't worm them without having a fecal test at your vet. Any vet knows how to do this. I never just give medication unless I am sure. Some people worm their flock once a year, others never. You can use the search on this site for Ivermec for worming. Good luck with your new flock.

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