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What type of worms are these?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mek12, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. mek12

    mek12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I'm new to backyard chickens 2 months in and I've already researched and learned so much thanks to the wonderful people here and blogs. I have a sick chicken that I'm treating for a respiratory illness per vet but when I noticed it shaking its head and more research I decided it would be a good idea to deworm them. I think it may be a gape worm but if anyone has experience with confirming please let me know. Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I don't know if that is worms or just bloody mucus or intestinal shed. But SafeGuard Liquid Goat Wormer or SafeGuard or Panacur Horse Paste 1/4 ml per pound of weight for 5 straight days will treat any worm including gapes and capillary worm. Valbazen is also good. What are the symptoms that you are seeing? Respiratory diseases can be caused by viruses, bacteria or mycoplasma, mold fungus, and worms. Here is a good link on respiratory diseases and symptoms,and another on worming:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/11/control-treatment-of-worms-in-chickens.html
     
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  3. DwayneNLiz

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    if you have already talked to the vet about your bird, i would ask them if they can do a fecal float and check for worms and eggs, no reason to give medication unnecessarily
    fecal floats are very inexpensive
     
  4. mek12

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    Thank you I used the chicken chick as a reference I've found her website to be excellent source of information. Initially I treated the sick chicken with VetRX and natural herbs it was sneezing and wheezing along with mucus bubbles. After about a week it was slightly improving but still not back to normal and still very sick so I sought out a vet's advice. We treated with Clavamox those treatments went well. She has to continue to stay separated from the flock for another week. I had previously a few weeks back lost a chicken that at the time did not know there was a health issue until it was too late. That chicken had no signs of sneezing or wheezing it just would stretch it's neck upward with a gaping mouth. Since then I've added apple cider vinegar and garlic to their water and have noticed small red wormlike things in their poop. This appears to be different than poop that I've seen with the intestinal shedding. Typically I prefer to treat all naturally but with anything if there is an issue I'll do whatever I can to help save the animal. They have free ranged in the yard eating up earthworms, plants, and bugs I've read that deworming twice a year in the spring and fall is typical.
     
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  5. Eggcessive

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    That is a good suggestion. My vet charges $35 to do a fecal float. They always come back negative on my dogs and cats, so I wonder if there are a lot of false negatives. I think that a lot of chickens can handle a normal worm load, but in some birds who are immune-challenged or sick with something else, the worms really affect them poorly. That is just my opinion though. My vet had similar feelings.
     
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  6. DwayneNLiz

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    there is a ton of information everywhere, some correct some incorrect
    i would always go with my local vets suggestion before something online that could be very different due to many factors like climate, and what issues arise in that area
    many do worm 2x a year, some never worm
    i plan on worming my chickens as i have never done it and i plan on using a broad spectrum wormer, because i have had a feeling that my birds do have worms, just not an overload
    i will be trying vetafarm wormout gel (water soluble) it treats all kinds of worms, i worry about tapes which are the hardest to treat. I worry about these mainly because it was found that when i got my horse she was very overloaded with them, so i know that they have been on my property

    Good Luck to you!
    if you want you could post a picture of the poop in question and we could try to help identify the worm too
     
  7. mek12

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    Thank you both so much for your insight and suggestions very much appreciated!
     
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    I did speak with my vet again about the deworming I went with a small dose of Safeguard and will repeat again in 10 days. Hopefully she'll pull through!
     
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    Safeguard is a great dewormer
     
  10. Eggcessive

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    The small dose of fenbendazole will treat roundworms, but it takes 1/4 ml per pound for at least 3 days to get gapeworms, and 5 days to get capillary worms. You can look for some worming info by Casportpony by doing a search at the top of the page. There are many studies about fenbendazole with the larger doses and treatment of gapeworms and capillary worms. It's pretty safe.
     

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