What Kind of Clean Up is Need when Dealing with Tapeworms?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BrittAnne, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. BrittAnne

    BrittAnne New Egg

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    Hello,

    I am still new to posting here and this may have already been addressed, so please bear with me. I have been dealing with a tapeworm problem for a little over two months and I need some help.

    Just to give you a rundown of everything I have done so far...

    I have administered 4 dosing of Valbazen each 10 days apart. After each dosing I clean and wash the coop. I also clean the pen of all droppings daily. After 4 dosing of Valbazen I still had tapeworms, so I gave the girls Zimectrine Gold yesterday. Fingers crossed this will work.

    Ok, now to my question,and it may sound silly...

    Do I need to worry about them ingesting tapeworm eggs from the ground and getting infested again? I have read so much about tapeworms that I feel like I'm running in circles. I know the information says that they get tapeworms by ingesting an intermediate host, but if they ingest an egg directly won't they become the intermediate host?

    If I do need to worry about them ingesting tapeworm eggs from the ground is there anything I can do to treat the ground? From what I read the eggs can survive for years waiting for a host.


    Thank you for the help.
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Gosh, I'm not sure. Zimectrin Gold? You must have horses.

    Dawg53, one of our resident worm people, is not online because of a personal tragedy. Maybe someone will see this post and know more.
     
  3. BrittAnne

    BrittAnne New Egg

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    Oh, I don't have horses. I read about it here on a post talking about worms, and it said after two dosings of Valbazen if I still had worms to use Zimectrin Gold. Since I had dosed 4 times with the Valbazen I figured I needed something stronger, and something that contained Praziquantel. Do you think I did a bad thing? I am just in my first year of having my girls and I'm worried that I keep doing the wrong thing. I don't want them to keep dealing with this they are so skinny.
     
  4. seminolewind

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    Why do you think she has tape worms?
     
  5. seminolewind

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    Valbazen should have gotten rid of them all.
     
  6. BrittAnne

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    I see white rice like segments in fresh droppings, and sometimes I can even see them moving. From everything I have researched it leads me to think they are tapeworms. I have seen several pictures of droppings with tapeworm segments on this site as well as others, and my chickens droppings look just like that.
     
  7. WooingWyandotte

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    Then I'd go ahead with Zimectrin Gold; and Dawg53 (the parasite king) also recommends to follow up with buttermilk. It helps to heal their damaged organs. :p
     
  8. seminolewind

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    Sounds like tape worms! I've only had round worms so far (like angel hair pasta!)
     

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