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What is this!! (picture yuck) A worm or something from the feed?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnimalCrazed, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. AnimalCrazed

    AnimalCrazed Songster

    May 1, 2011
    I just bought three chicks on wednesday and today in their water i saw this...
    (feeding them medicated feed and ACV in water)

  2. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Songster

    Jun 13, 2011
    I don't know what the heck that is...but it looks gross. [​IMG] Hope someone with more knowlege will come to the rescue.
  3. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    Looks like worms to me. Treat with dewormer and don't put with your flock untill all the way dewormed!
  4. PaintedWolf

    PaintedWolf In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2012
    Kitsap WA
    Definitely looks like a worm!
  5. Queen of the chickens

    Queen of the chickens Chirping

    Oct 7, 2011
    Unionville, MO
    How old do chicks have to be to worm then? I can't believe that came from such a young chick.. Is it even possible for them to have them that young? You might check with a vet to see what they would recommend. Mine is nice and will tell me what to do without a visit or a charge.
  6. AnimalCrazed

    AnimalCrazed Songster

    May 1, 2011
    What can i even use on 3-4 day old chicks if anything? Are there behavior signs i should look for? The chick in question is the smallest would that have anything to do with worms? Do i need to call the store so they know?
    Sorry so many questions but I've been lucky so far and i haven't dealt with worms in my flock before!

    Here is a picture of that chick's dropping... but the next one i saw him do was more normal looking!

    (I edited it and took off the pic it was grossing me out to look at it!)
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
  7. AnimalCrazed

    AnimalCrazed Songster

    May 1, 2011
    Sorry about the gross pictures!!!! but I was freaking out just a little! I wanted to follow thrrough on this just in case there are others with this problem.
    -IN conclusion I found that I can add crushed garlic to the chicks water for about a week and that should cure what ails them no matter what it is. So far the little guys have been on it for three days and I feel its going great!

    This is a copy of what I found (sorry I don't have the web address it was at!)

    Natural Treatment of Worms in Chickens
    There are treatments that can be purchased from a veterinarian or a chicken supply store to treat worms but there is an effective natural treatment for worms in chickens. This is important as a natural cure does not affect the edibility of the eggs or meat and keeps the chickens healthier during the treatment.
    Most natural cures for worms in chickens involve fresh garlic. Garlic's antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties have been studied for more than a hundred years and garlic has been used medicinally for millennia.
    To use garlic as an effective natural wormer for chickens, there are several methods. (1) You can infuse garlic into water and feed each chicken by eyedropper. Add 5 to 6 crushed cloves of garlic to ½ cup of cool water. Cover and let stand for 8 hours or overnight. Shake and strain. Do not heat the water or it will erase some of the garlic's benefits. (2) You can also add some of this garlic concentrate to the chickens' water for one week at the rate of ½ cup of concentrate to 4 gallons of water. Ensure that this is the chickens' only source of water during this time. Some chickens will eat chopped garlic straight and it can be fed free choice as they will only take what they need. There are two downsides with this method. The first is that it may be difficult to determine if all chickens in the flock are eating the garlic. The second is that this may affect the taste of the eggs during the treatment period. While perfectly safe to eat, garlicky eggs are not appealing to most people.
    During the garlic treatment, watch the chickens' droppings for worms. You may see an increase in dead worms in the droppings or may see the worms disappear completely. Treat all of the chickens in your flock for one week, and then assess to see if another week of treatment is required. It is important to kill off all of the worms so that they cannot increase their numbers when treatment is stopped.

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