Worm Problem?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bmart41685, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Bmart41685

    Bmart41685 New Egg

    Feb 21, 2017
    My chickens have recently developed what I call "mud butt". Where their poop is runny and leaves a trail on their down feathers when they poop. I've only had birds for one year. I have been using DE for worming but I noticed my new rooster I've had for 4 months started stretching his neck and shaking his head, laying down in the yard, staggering when he got up. I caught him yesterday and examined him visually and couldn't find anything. He acted normal other than the symptoms I described above even topping hens off normally. I went to feed this morning and he was dead in the run. I researched online and found his symptoms line up with worm infestation. So I went and bought Safe Gaurd pellets and gave with feed today. I'm noticing alot of people using Wazine 17. I was thinking wait 10 days and treat with the Wazine? Any advice would be helpful. Also I've started some of my hens in a seperate coop to lay out and hatch off his fertilized eggs while I still can. In an attempted to hatch off a new rooster. Any reason why I shouldn't hatch chicks while worming.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Poopy butts are not necessarily caused by worms, but having runny droppings. The runny droppings can occur for a number of reasons, such as what they are eating, how much they drink, if they have an intestinal infection such as coccidiosis, enteritis, or an illness such as egg yolk peritonitis or a respiratory disease, among others. We all have one or two hens in a large flock with this, or sometimes they have an enlarged bottom from internal laying, anatomy, or cysts that can "catch" the droppings as they fall. DE or diatom does not help prevent worms, since it is useless when it becomes moist inside the digestive system. A normal worm load may be present in all chickens with no harmful effects, but only when there is an overload or the chicken has immunity problems or a disease, that it can kill them. Also certain worms which are more rare, such as capillary worms or gapeworms, can cause serious illness.
    You rooster who died may have had a respiratory disease from the sound of his symptoms. Some common ones are infectious bronchitis, mycoplasma (MG,) coryza, ILT, aspergillosis, and others. Head shaking, stretching the neck, and shortness of breath are common symptoms. He also could have had gapeworm if he was gasping and unable to eat or drink. Gapeworm is treated with a 3-5 day treatment of fenbendazole (SafeGuard Liquid goat wormer, Panacur and SafeGuard Equine Paste) given orally to each chicken 1/4 ml per pound of weight. Using the granules would be difficult and the dosage might not be correct or enough. Casportpony is good with worming information, and has many threads to search for on worming.
    If you still have his body, I would consider refrigerating it, and contacting your state vet for a necropsy. You could also cut his windpipe or trachea open to look for gapeworms.Other worms may be seen in the crop, and intestines by cutting them open. Sorry for your loss.

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