When do you worm chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LittleHouseDreams, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. LittleHouseDreams

    LittleHouseDreams Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you worm them only if they have worms or do you worm them as a precaution? If so, at what age do you worm them and how often do you do it (i.e. once a year, every 6 months?)
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Although I never saw any worms in their stools I was unhappy with the weight gain of some of my girls, so I decided to worm. I plan to worm once a year at this time for my own peace of mind.
     
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
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    I don't like to worm unless I know what I have, as medications and length of treatment varies depending on the worm. I bring a fecal sample to the vet - I can't remember what she charges but it is $5-$10.
     
  4. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
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    I agree with gritstar. My cochins were a little on the puny side so I decided to worm. Some people will worm every six months and some will worm once a year. It is your choice. I just wormed 75 chickens yesterday!!
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Though I have slightly less chickens than you do (18) I was surprised at how easy it was. I used a broad spectrum wormer to cover all the bases.
     
  6. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Yeah it was really easy. I use a wormer that is actually for horses and goat's. It is a paste which is awesome! Got my advice from a very knowledgeable person on BYC.
     
  7. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read alot about people using DE in their chickens dust bath etc...my new farrier gives her horses DE as a holistic approach to parasite prevention in her horses. Couldn't it also apply to chickens?
     
  8. mksenoj

    mksenoj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use horse wormer.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:DE is said to help in the prevention and control of worms; not to totally erradicate them. Like I said I had a suspicion of worms because of some of the girls not gaining weight the way I felt they should be.
    Like barnyard I turned to the BYC experts for help. I found a cattle wormer that was easy to use and covered just about any type of worm you can think of. I wanted to be able to do it and get it over with, without worrying whether the medicine was effective or not.
    What I read frequently is people treating with Wazine and thinking they've covered their bases. Wazine only treats roundworms. There are many more types of worms.
     
  10. happyfeet

    happyfeet Out Of The Brooder

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    what horse wormer do you use? ivermectin, safegaurd, and waht dosage?
     

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