when to worm/treat for mites in healthy chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bangor777, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. bangor777

    bangor777 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    hi, my hens are 13 weeks old. So far all are healthy. my question is this;
    Should chickens be treated for worms and/or mites preventatively?

    Thank you soo much!
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Personally, I don't treat for anything unless there are symptoms of a problem.

    Most wormers are losing effectiveness from over-use, just like antibiotics. Same for many of the insecicide products used to treat mites, etc.

    If it ain't broke, I don't try to fix it... That's just my opinion though...
  3. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I have used a bit of Apple Cider vinegar in the water for worm prevention. An option for womring is also raw pumpkin seeds. There is recommendation to add buttermilk to the seeds too. This way you are not using meds. or chemicals.

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