Which wormer should I use to treat severe tapeworms and roundworms?

Ederle

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Two weeks ago I found a HUGE tapeworm in some feces along with seven roundworms, and I had just treated the flock with valbazen about two months before. I decided to wait to worm them until they finished molting, and I haven't found any more worms in their droppings since then. No one is showing symptoms of worms, they are all acting perfectly healthy, which I thought was odd.

I bought Wazine from the feed store for the roundworms, but what do I do about the tapes?
And if one of them has that bad of an infestation, why is she not acting weird?
 

coach723

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When you wormed with Valbazen did you do two doses 10 days apart? That is what breaks the cycle, the medication kills the worms, but does not kill the eggs, the second dose gets any eggs that hatch after the first dose. Round worms are very easily picked up in the environment, so if you have a heavy load in the environment you may have to worm regularly to keep them controlled.
For tapeworms you need a medication with praziquantel, Equimax or Zimectrin Gold horse wormers are most often used. Dosing for those is here in post #6: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/tapeworms-that-wont-go-away.1130035/
Many times there are few outward signs of worms, sometimes they will act ill, but it can be very subtle. Sometimes droppings will look off, or there will be weight loss which might not be noticed under the feathers.
 

Ederle

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When you wormed with Valbazen did you do two doses 10 days apart? That is what breaks the cycle, the medication kills the worms, but does not kill the eggs, the second dose gets any eggs that hatch after the first dose. Round worms are very easily picked up in the environment, so if you have a heavy load in the environment you may have to worm regularly to keep them controlled.
For tapeworms you need a medication with praziquantel, Equimax or Zimectrin Gold horse wormers are most often used. Dosing for those is here in post #6: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/tapeworms-that-wont-go-away.1130035/
Many times there are few outward signs of worms, sometimes they will act ill, but it can be very subtle. Sometimes droppings will look off, or there will be weight loss which might not be noticed under the feathers.

Thanks. Can you give me a link to the correct Zimectrin Gold wormer? When I google it several different things come up and I want to be sure to get the right one.

I did worm them twice, ten days apart with the valbazen, but I guess they already managed to pick up more worms from foraging around the yard. :(
 

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Could you post a picture of the droppings now, in case there are tapeworm proglottids in there? They are usually white, and can be seen moving in the droppings. Tapeworms will continue to be a problem unless the host organisms, such as snails, slugs, flies, or worms and the droppings are removed. Equimax dosage is 0.033 ml per pound or 0.16 ml per a 5 pound chicken, and has more of the praziquantel than Zimecterin gold.

Valbazen is a much better wormer than Wazine, since it gets other chicken worms, and is dosed to each individual chicken. Giving enough for each chicken’s weight is important as well as giving the second dose within 10 days to 2 weeks.
 

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