Worming chickens in winter

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Citychicken12, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Citychicken12

    Citychicken12 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2012
    Hi, I noticed roundworms in a frozen stool the other day and wanted to know if I could worm my birds in winter? I have never seen worms in their stools before but I'm willing to bet it's due to them staying inside their coop and run ALL day because of the weather. They have never been this isolated before. I have 8 birds. I have also noticed a lot of wild birds in their food :/
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Piprazine will kill roundworms when used as directed, but I'd want a fecal run at the veterinarian's to see if any other intestinal parasites are also there. And I would be checking the birds at night, with a flashlight, for mites and lice. Wild birds are a total pain in the *** and will expose your chickens to multiple parasites. Try to keep them out of your coop and run as much as possible. I have them here often, and they are NOT welcome in the coop! Mary
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    You can worm them any day of the year.

    Many wormers will treat large roundworms, but it might be best to collect a bunch of poop and have a veterinarian or a lab do a fecal float to see if there are any other worms that need treating.

    Wazine or Pig Swig (piperazine) in the water will treat large roundworms. Dose is 1 ounce per gallon.

    Valbazen (albendazole) in the water at 7.5 ml per gallon for one day, repeat in 10 days will also treat large roundworms.

    Neither drug is "approved" for use in laying hens in the US, but most people wait 2-4 weeks after last treatment. [​IMG]

  4. Citychicken12

    Citychicken12 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2012
    Thanks for the replies. No mites or lice. I have not seen another stool with worms in it but will still be working them. I wasn't sure how they would handle the added stress of worming combined with the cold temperatures. I know they will and are miserable right now

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