worming problem in chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Birdman1952, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. Birdman1952

    Birdman1952 New Egg

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    Can anyone help me with this question? My young (3 month old) pullets are very thin and I suspect worms so I used Wazine several days ago. How soon can I use it again? The pullets are rail thin yet have good appetites and I just moved them into a new clean pen. Can I use Wazine weekly until they are better?
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Have you checked them for mites and lice? Are you feeding them something semi-high in protein like chick starter or Purina Flock Raiser? How does their poop look? Coccidiosis is also a possibility, though they usually don't want to eat when they have it.

    If they were mine I wouldn't use Wazine, I'd buy some Safeguard for Goats, weigh each one and then give each one 0.2ml to 0.5ml orally for 5 days. And for the next two weeks I would feed them turkey or gamebird starter (25-30% protein).

    -Kathy
     
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  3. cafarmgirl

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    12 weeks old seems awfully young to have such a heavy worm load as to cause serious weight loss already. Not impossible I guess but young. I would check for all the things Casportpony mentioned as well as deworming with the Safeguard.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    It does seem young, doesn't it, but I have heard of a few peafowl breeder losing same age peachicks to capillary worms which is why I suggested the worming for 5 days.

    I guess it's possible that they had coccidiosis when younger and that has caused permanent damage to their intestines and reduced their ability to digest nutrients properly. But that's just a guess, so don't quote me on that.

    -Kathy
     
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    Thank you very much for your input. Would I be safe to give them medicated turkey starter? It is 28% protein and medicated.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yes, it's safe... I feed many ducks, chickens, peafowl and turkeys medicated starter.

    -Kathy
     

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