Worming Question

carladababe

Songster
9 Years
Nov 25, 2010
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Dixon, Missouri
My chickens are starting to molt, egg laying is slowing down, can I still worm them?
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ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
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Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
That is what I do, but make sure you give them lots of protein. So I'd not give too much scratch, I increase protein as well. You can offer some unmedicated chick starter or Flock Raiser pellets (20% protein) to up the protein so they can make feathers (with oyster shell on the side too). You can keep them on layer feed just fine, too.

So the wormers are VERY hard on them...they can even kill a weak hen. Molting is hard on them too. So be aware and baby them. You can give them nice things to eat and some probiotics or vitamin pack as well if needed. Or scrambled eggs from the store as a treat.
 

carladababe

Songster
9 Years
Nov 25, 2010
295
6
111
Dixon, Missouri
Thank you for the response and information. I'd normally wait until after molt but the last molt lasted for several months. It's been a good summer though, they look good, eat well and get lots of free range time. I'm not sure about worming once the weather turns cold, is it worth worming if it adds more stress?
 
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ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
699
398
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
Thank you for the response and information. I'd normally wait until after molt but the last molt lasted for several months. It's been a good summer though, they look good, eat well and get lots of free range time. I'm not sure about worming once the weather turns cold, is it worth worming if it adds more stress?

I have to deworm, since I once found a worm in an egg, and I have promised my family that they will be worm-free (so no worries anymore)!

I deworm twice a year and treat for mites every 4 months or so to keep them away too. Just routine around here! :)

There are many people who have never wormed their flock and have no troubles.

One thing you can do is to take a poo sample to a vet (call first to see how much it costs) and have them do a fecal float test for worms- false negatives are possible.
 
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