Wormer, preventative deworming

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by farm-gal91, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. farm-gal91

    farm-gal91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What wormers do you all use as a preventative, maintenence dewormer for your flock?
    Where do you get these wormers and are they labeled for chickens?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I normally use valbazen (albendazole), a cattle/sheep wormer used off label for chickens. I worm in November, when egg production is down anyhow so less eggs to throw away.

    This year I found a mites on one hen in one coop, my serama coop, so I switched and used ivermection pour-on, which kills external and internal pests.

    The valbazen I get at our local feedstore. In these hard times I didn't want to ask my cattle farmer neighbor for a syringe-full of the ivomec (even though a syringe full is only a drop in the bucket to him), so I ordered a small bottle from jefferslivestock: http://www.jefferspet.com/iver-on-pour-on/camid/LIV/cp/0026251/

    Next year I'll go back to the valbazen.
     
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  3. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Verm-X. -doesn't require tossing the eggs due to chemicals. -prefer natural/organic options with the chickens.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: Wormers should only be used when needed.
    Using them as a "preventative" just helps worms build up resistance to them
     
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  6. JulyBlizzard

    JulyBlizzard Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like I am in need of a dewormer. I would like to try to confirm the gape worm first. I have been looking into verm-x but I am just looking for some proof of it's ability, i.e. I know for fact my chickens had worms, I used this and it worked I am so happy now type of thing. But so far just sort ofs or people who use it to prevent.


    I understand that the chemicals can work but I want natural solutions. People have surely always had these issues in the past. I am trying to see where the balance is messed up so I can right it. Otherwise what am I doing besides seeing one problem then the next and the next. But maybe there is a larger problem? I just don't get why there would not be a greater built in resistance by birds who are going to eat snails, earthworms etc.

    I wish there were easier answers.
     
  7. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    -recently had one hen with tapeworm (as apparent from the segments shed in the droppings). -treated with Verm-x, and have seen a significant difference. -only a few segments in her droppings after several days of treatment. Yesterday, I found nothing. I scoop the coop, daily, and the lawn and run multiple times per day. -seems to work. -that being said, if I see any signs to the contrary I won't hesitate to order some Valbazen. My hen looks healthy, is laying daily, and is very active. She seems fine. -BUT, if segments return to the droppings, she'll be treated to eliminate the issue. -don't intend to lose a hen to somehing that is treatable. (I always preference natural, first, but will do what's necessary to preserve my flock.)
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: If you want "built in resistance" in your flock, start breeding them for several generations, and let all the sick birds die.
    The ones that survive are the resistant ones
     
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  9. dawg53

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  10. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    Or the birds could be carriers and infect every new bird you bring in. Just because a bird survives does not make it a healthy bird to have around. Gloria Jean
     

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