Worming flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by redhen009, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. redhen009

    redhen009 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2011
    I know that you need to worm your flock. However, I am new at this and I don't know how. What is a good brand of worming for chickens? How do you give it to them? Any advice would be helpful. [​IMG]
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    I take fecal samples to our vet to check for worms. It costs $20 per check, so it would certainly be cheaper with our small flock to worm them without testing, but I just don't like to give worming medicine if the flock doesn't actually have worms.

    All of the tests so far have come back negative.
  3. redhen009

    redhen009 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2011
    Thanks for the help.
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I usually use Valbazen, 1/2 cc for standard hens, 1/4 cc for bantams, repeat in 10 days.
  5. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Here's what I use.

  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I've never wormed my chickens. Some people feed pumpkin or squash to worm, some use cayenne pepper. I'd make sure they need it before buying medicines or chemicals to feed them.
  7. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    There are so many possible answers to your questions [​IMG] What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another depending on flock size, parasite exposure, and general chicken raising philosophy. Personally, I'm with Elmo on not worming unless I see a positive fecal and (for certain parasites) symptoms. I have a small flock (7) and I will always check a fecal before I deworm them. Because I have a small flock, I prefer to give individual doses in a syringe because then I know that they got the medication and I also know that they are getting the correct amount of medication. Being able to be sure of the dose means I can use less medication than if I just added it to the food or water because each chicken will get exactly the amount they need regardless of where in the pecking order they are or how much they eat/drink during the treatment period. People with larger flocks generally prefer to add medication to the water, food, or special treats (a lot of people will soak a piece of bread or some similar treat in the medication and give each bird one medicated treat) because they are not able to medicate each chicken individually with a syringe of medicine in a timely manner.

    I know my chickens have coccidia because I have seen in on a fecal float. However, coccidia is a protazoan parasite that is persistent in the environment and very difficult to eradicate from the environment, so it's unlikely worming them for it will have any long term effect because my yard is already infected. It also happens to be species-specific, so while it has the potential to cause disease in chickens (and probably other birds) it will not make my dogs or my child ill. Because it poses no risk to my other pets/family, is very hard to kill in the environment, and my birds are showing absolutely no symptoms from it, I choose to ignore it rather than try to treat it with medication. On the other hand, when I got new chickens this fall and checked a fecal right after I got them I discovered that they had whipworms and roundworms. Both of these can cause illness in my flock and the whipworms can cause disease in my dogs and can be challenging to treat in the environment when you can't run around behind them picking up the poop immediately. Because these parasites posed a potential health threat to my chickens and other pets, and because the new chickens were isolated in an area that could be easily and thoroughly cleaned during treatment that my other animals did not have access to, I treated them.
  8. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with Elmo and Bobbi. Too much unnecessary wormer, just like too many antibiotics, causes resistance. We don't have many wormers to use and resistance is already an enormous problem.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2011

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