worm in poop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by knaup109, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. knaup109

    knaup109 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen has been laying everyday. I just noticed today one of the hen poop have little worm in there. Can I still eat the egg?
     
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] I wouldn't and I would be worming her right away.
     
  3. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Do your chickens free range? Eat bugs etc off the ground? Is your coop clean? If so, they will always have some sort of parasites passing through their digestive system. Some people will tell you this is extremely dangerous and will kill your chickens....

    I have done research in books, online and in several feed stores in my area when I found a teeny worm type creature in my otherwise VERY healthy, active happy chicken.

    Here's what I came up with and have done in MY situation:

    1. If the chicken is NOT showing signs of sickness, lethargy, not eating, dull feathers, etc...then she is probably FINE. I have kept eating my chicken's eggs and THEY ARE FINE.

    2. Most animals and people can fend off diseases and parasites, etc. if simply left to their bodies and that worming or medicating unnecessarily hurts their immune system's natural defenses against diseases etc.

    3. Most worming medications are very harsh and you would have to throw away the eggs for up to a month after worming. I feel that unless my chickens look sick, they are most likely healthy and I'm not going to go messing around giving them stuff that they don't need.

    4. If you are terribly worried, find a vet that will take a poop sample and have it tested.

    I feel that anyone that tried to push you to medicate your birds without a vet test of the poo is simply trying to sell you something.
     
  4. knaup109

    knaup109 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for reply.
    Yes my chicken free to roam around the backyard. I do only see one in the poop. She seem healthy.
     
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  5. knaup109

    knaup109 Out Of The Brooder

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    FYI, this article is from university of Florida.

    I guess it is normal for chicken to have a few worm.

    Intestinal Parasites in Backyard Chicken Flocks1

    Gary D. Butcher, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Richard D. Miles, Ph.D.2

    Intestinal parasites (worms) are very common in chickens in the backyard type poultry flocks. The presence of a few parasites do not usually cause a problem. However, large numbers can have a devastating effect on growth, egg production, and over-all health. The concentration of parasite eggs in the chickens environment is one factor which plays a major role in determining the severity of the infection. The chickens pick up the parasite eggs directly by ingesting contaminated feed, water, or litter or by eating snails, earthworms, or other insects (intermediate hosts) which can carry the eggs.

    Clinical signs of parasitism are unthriftyness, poor growth and feed conversion, decreased egg production, and even death in severe infections. Furthermore, parasites can make the flock less resistant to diseases and exacerbate existing disease conditions.

    Of all the intestinal worms, large roundworms (Ascaridia galli) probably inflict the most damage. Young birds are affected more severely. A mild infection is often not noticed. Large numbers of worms, however, interfere with feed absorption causing poor growth and production. In severe infections there can be actual intestinal blockage by the worms, causing death. Affected birds are unthrifty and more susceptible to other diseases. Roundworms are passed from bird to bird by directly ingesting the parasite egg in fecal contaminated feed, water, or litter, or by eating grasshoppers or earthworms carrying the parasite.

    Another worm commonly found in chickens is the cecal worm (Heterakis gallinarum). While it rarely causes problems in chickens, its chief economic importance lies in its role as a carrier of the organism Histomonas melegridis, which causes a deadly disease in turkeys known as blackhead. Earthworms ingest the cecal worm egg containing the histomonad organism from the chicken litter. When the earthworms are ingested by the turkeys, they become infected. The cecal worm egg containing the histomonad organism may also be directly ingested by turkeys. Thus, one should never house chickens and turkeys together or allow turkeys on range which chickens have previously occupied.

    Other intestinal parasites that cause problems are the small roundworms (Capillaria sp.). These parasites infect the intestines causing hemorrhage and thickening of the intestinal walls, leading to poor feed absorption and poor growth. Small roundworms are passed directly from bird to bird by ingestion of the parasite eggs or by ingestion of earthworms, insects, and other vectors carrying the parasite. Tapeworms are also very common, but unlike other worms must be passed through an intermediate host, such as a snail, slug, earthworm, beetle or fly.

    Prevention and control of worm infestations in backyard poultry flocks involves proper management of diet, sanitation, and treatment. Chickens need a proper diet, especially an adequate supply of vitamins A and the B complex. A deficiency in these has been shown to increase the susceptibility to parasitism.

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    Thorough removal of litter between flocks of chickens.
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    Keep litter as dry as possible.
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    Avoid overcrowding.
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    Keep wild birds, pigeons and other birds away from chickens. They may be infected and shedding the worm eggs.
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    Provide adequate drainage of ranges and move shelters frequently to decrease accumulation of droppings.
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    Keep birds off freshly plowed ground where ingestion of earthworms and other insects is more likely.
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    Use insecticides to control insect populations.

    The treatment of chickens to control intestinal parasites can benefit the grower by decreasing parasite levels in heavily infected birds. This will result in a decrease in the build-up of parasite eggs in the environment. Specific worm infections require specific medications. A determination of which worms are affecting your chickens should be made by your veterinarian prior to treatment. Proper use of medication in combination with sound management and sanitation practices should limit production losses from intestinal worms.
    Footnotes

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    This document is VM76, one of a series of the Veterinary Medicine-Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date January, 1992. Reviewed March, 2009. Visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

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    Gary D. Butcher, D.V.M., Ph.D., Poultry Veterinarian, and Richard D. Miles, Ph.D. Poultry Nutritionist, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611.

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension service.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Millie Ferrer-Chancy, Interim Dean.
     
  6. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Glad you posted that. It was one of the articles I read when I looked it up as well.
     

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