Worming chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kiaya611, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. kiaya611

    kiaya611 Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    Lebanon, OR
    I have read and heard that chickens have worms inherently and you need to worm them periodically to keep them under control. I have 9 and 8 week old chickens and have seen no sign of worms (don't know if I would at this point) but I wanted to get an idea if you need to worm chickens periodically weather or not you see any signs or if you wait to see signs and if you wait to see signs, what are those signs? I know in dogs and cats Tape Worms are the only ones that you would really see unless the problem got unbelieveably bad. Most of the time you have to do a fecal ova test.

    I would appreciate you input before I have the need.

    Thank you.
  2. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX

    this link helps.

    i also have 7 week old birds. although they are on medicated feed, it seems one of them has worms. wes made the suggestion i try wazine, which i plan to do this week.

    if chickens are anything like horses or dogs, i figure preventive measures are the best. by the time an animal shows signs of worms, they've had it for a while....

    i'm no expert, just my personal opinion.
  3. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    They will get worms, and it's amazing the variety of worms they will get without showing symptoms that you'd recognize as being worm symptoms. They especially get a whole variety of them if they are free range. We just had a necropsy done on one of our hens a few months ago; she didn't have many roundworms because we dewormed them all for roundworms last fall, but she had a lot of other different kinds. We are getting ready to deworm the whole flock with Fenbendazole; haven't done it yet because they have been dusting in and had access to DE, which I understand also helps. Fendbendazole is supposed to work for all worms except tape, and although there's no govt regulations for it I understand it works well; you just can't eat the meat of chickens you deworm with it, or no eating of eggs for at least two and preferably three weeks. I figure even if we only deworm twice a year, it'll help a lot with internal parasite control.

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