worming guidelines?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by eastultz, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. eastultz

    eastultz New Egg

    Apr 2, 2008
    Is there a guideline for worming your chickens? I have 3 hens about 6 mos. old now. Or do you wait until you see a particular sign of need?

    All three are laying nicely, and I'd like to keep them healthy!

    Thanks in advance!
  2. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Some folks worm once a month. I would use Wazine in their waterer. Follow directions on amount to use.
    Be sure to take water away the night before and give them medicated first thing in a.m. to drink all day.
    If they have tape worms you will need something stronger like cow or horse wormer... Ivermectin. good luck..
  3. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2008
    But if you worm your chickens, can you still consume the eggs or do you have to throw those out?

    I was looking at some type of meds in the feed store the other day and the container said you could not eat the eggs or the meat from animals treated. This was not a wormer med but I would still hesitate to eat the eggs. Unless I felt wormy...
  4. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    It depends on the wormer. You can't continue eating the eggs with Wazine but I think you can with Ivermectin.
  5. Greenehens

    Greenehens Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    At what age do you start worming chickens?[​IMG]
  6. bennnn

    bennnn Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2008
    At what age do you start worming chickens?

    Oh crap,, chickens get worms? Heck I thought you were talking about FEEDING them worms,,, poop....​
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  7. old okies

    old okies New Egg

    Sep 17, 2008
    Has anyone ever used 'Wormguard Plus With Flax' ?Suppose to kill internal and external parisites and be 100% safe for eggs/meat. McMurray hatchery sells it. Says to use 1 and 1/4 cups per 50# of feed. Would like to hear some responses before we order any. Also, need some advice on sources for organic feed. Just finished our run and ,as of yesterday, have 10 Rhode Island Reds. They have already laid a dozen eggs! Should we leave their feeder and water outside in the run when we close them up for the night or put it inside?
  8. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2008
    The wormguard is just DE. Worming doesn't need to be done every month. A couple of times a year is usually sufficient. If you see signs of worms, by all means, go ahead and worm them. As far as eating eggs, usually with any medications, unless they specifically say you can never consume animals treated with it, a week will pretty much clear all traces of the medication from the eggs. You can see more about worming HERE . Good luck!
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I use FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth (DE)in my coop in their run and where they like to dust bath. In their coop I sprinkle DE on the pine shavings. I have never had any problems with worms, fleas, flies, etc. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. old okies

    old okies New Egg

    Sep 17, 2008
    Have seen DE but not specifically food grade,where can we find this?

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