Worming - Beware of gross topic!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenannie, May 28, 2008.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning on the ground I found a 12" long yucky worm-looking thing next to my free-range chickens, so I assume one of them pooped a worm. It was covered in greenish, poopy slime. I searched for "chicken" and "worming" and found no descriptions of this long of a worm. Does anyone know what it is? I had noticed that one chicken was having severe greenish-colored diarrhea for 2 days and was thinking I needed to treat for cocci, but maybe it was this worm. Sorry this is so gross, it makes me nauseaus just to discuss! Can I treat this chicken individually or do I have to treat the whole flock ( I think worm eggs are picked up individually). Also, is there an organic method which would not harm eggs. I would prefer not to use heavy duty chemical wormers if I can at all avoid it.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'd go get a fecal float done on them to determine the type of worms and so on. Then treat accordingly. Pics, even if disgusting, can often be very helpful.
     
  3. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    agree with silkiechicken..

    in the meantime you might try some cayenne pepper sprinkled on the feed...
     
  4. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try the cayenne pepper today. Unfortunately, I buried the worm already yesterday. Duh. I don't think I can get it tested at this point. What are some organic, natural wormers I can give to the flock without worrying about eating their eggs?
     
  5. Missouri chick

    Missouri chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:silkiechicken is right, gather some poo and the vet can look at it under a microscope to determine what type of parasite it is. Then he or she can determine what to give and can read if it is safe for the eggs.
     

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