When to deworm? Prophylactic or as needed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bwebb7, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    I have a flock of 20 hens hatched May 16th. I treated them with Piperazine when they were 6 weeks old. (I always wormed puppies at regular intervals) I haven't started to get eggs yet-though soon I'm sure.
    What I want to know is should I go ahead and Ivermectin them before they start to lay or just treat as needed?
    I hate to think they are walking around with parasites. I would think they could decline quickly?
  2. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    You might try adding food grade DE to the feed, it will help with internal parasites and reduce flies in their poop. It is non-toxic, does not affect the chicken, it's meat or eggs are completely edible. I use it in my horses, dog, and cat and will when my chicks arrive.

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