When do I start Deworming?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jayecookie, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Jayecookie

    Jayecookie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 barred rocks chicks, 4 are 7 weeks old and the other 4 are 6 weeks old. when do i need to start the deworming process and have often do i need to do it?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    I never worm my chickens. You should get a fecal done before doing it. The routine use of wormers will make it so you have nothing but wormer resistant worms. Don't do it unless it's necessary. Animals have evolved to carry a reasonable worm load. Worm free animals isn't a normal state. That's my opinion on the subject. :)
     
  3. Josh0625

    Josh0625 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree 100%
     
  4. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Little doggies in tow Premium Member

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    I haven't had the need so I don't.
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    I've been keeping birds this time around for about 5 years. Never wormed a bird, never seen signs of worms, even when doing a gut disection during processing. Don't medicate an animal unless you know what you are medicating for.
     
  6. coach723

    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, get a fecal float test done to determine whether worming is necessary or not, and for what particular parasite. Some vets will do it without seeing the bird, many will not, you will have to call around and ask. There are also mail in tests you can use. I am on the other end of the spectrum for worming. My birds are wormed regularly because I HAVE to or I have sick birds. I wish I didn't have to, but I do. Every environment is different, the parasite load is different, and you need to do what works for you and your flock. I would suggest getting the test done, and if they are clear, test again in 6 months and see if they are still clear. And know what to look for symptom-wise in the event you do have a bird end up with a parasite infection in the future. It's never a good idea to treat blindly for anything if it can be avoided.
     
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