Worming day olds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kari_dawn, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    I picked up five new babies from the feed store, four bantams, one standard. They are from one day to about a week old. They appear to have foamy poo, and the one that appears to be a seabright is acting slightly lethargic. I think I need to worm them, but I am not sure if I can at this age...I have wazine, but no other wormers on hand. Can I worm them?
  2. TedJan92_in_Idaho

    TedJan92_in_Idaho Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    Cocolalla Idaho
    I would get some type of vitamin supplement in them. Even if they were born with worms they wouldn't be bad enough to make them sick. Save a chick is good. If you just purchased them I would take them back to the feed store.
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Do not feed corn / scratch feeds in the litter if there are droppings in it and rest land periodically to prevent a build up of worms. If grass is kept short, this allows the sunlight to kill worm eggs. I throw it down on a clean area of dirt.

    Prevention is always easier than cure so follow good husbandry techniques and worm regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions. Worms can cause all sorts of damage to the digestive track of your birds which can sometimes lead to death. Products that are used to treat worms are not that cheap however it will certainly cost you in the long run with increased feed costs, less eggs and sick or unhealthy birds if you don't worm them regularly or every 6 months. The Most Important Thing to Know. If you treat birds once with a product (most advertise that they kill 100% of worms) this will kill 100% of worms but you do need an ongoing treatment plan.

    Some people use DE (Diatomaceous Earth food quality) to worm the birds which needs to be given with their food continuously.

    I think medicated chick feed may even have a product in to suppress worms too (not sure of this).
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  4. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    ...these are day olds and week olds. They haven't been outside yet, and wont be for a while. I just brought them home. They did not get worms while they were here. They had them when they came home if that is actually what is going on. I want to know if I can use wazine on them at such a young age to treat them for what I assume is worms because of foamy poo.

    They get water and food in a shallow dish right now cause they are so tiny [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'd say it's very unlikely they have worms, and if they were mine, I would not worm them. Young chicks normally produce quite a variety of poops.
  6. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    Thats what I would think too, but my other babies (now about four weeks), and the babies before those never had poo that looked like that [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  8. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    I suppose it is a game of wait and see...
  9. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    Quote:Make sure they have vitamins and electrolytes in their water. You can also use ACV.

    This will help their immune systems, and keep them healthier.

    I wouldn't medicate unless you know what you are medicating for at such a young age.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011
  10. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2010
    If you have other birds, it would be a good idea to keep these ones separate for a few weeks (if you can). Foamy droppings can sometimes be a sign of respiratory disease, though there's lots of other possibilities. It would be good to play safe just in case.

    I agree with others, it's not worms, not at that age (or almost certainly not). Hopefully it's just a bit of temperature or transportation stress and they'll all be perfectly fine.

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