Worming Chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickenCrazySC, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. ChickenCrazySC

    ChickenCrazySC Hatching

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    I have 7 month old chickens and haven't seen any worms in there droppings. When would be the right time to de-worm them? Is it even necessary?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    It is up to you whether you want to worm your chickens. Any animal that has access to dirt should be assumed to have some worms. Small worm populations in a chicken's digestive tract cut down on feed efficiency a bit, but don't cause too much harm. It is only larger infestations that can cause problems.

    If you ever see worms in your chickens' droppings, worm them. Otherwise, just go by what you think is best. Some people never worm, and others worm once or twice a year. You can worm at any time of year, and with nearly any age of bird.
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on Bantam Lover. I really don't know much about worming.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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  5. ChickenCrazySC

    ChickenCrazySC Hatching

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    Thanks everyone for the reply. Kelsie2290, the thread you provided was great. It seems like some people swear by worming and others find it to be only out of necessity. I think I going to take the wait and see approach. Hopefully it turns out to be the right choice.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. BantamLover21 has given you some good advice and Kelsie2290 has given you a great link, so I'll just say, please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
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    chad e In the Brooder

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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Here is a nice article on worming your chickens....https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/internal-parasites-parasitic-worms-in-chickens

    Some people like to do it as a precautionary thing, and others have their birds on a schedule. Free ranging flocks are more susceptible to worms however. Just keep your eyes open for signs and worm if necessary.

    Enjoy your birds and welcome to our flock!
     

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