Worming treatment

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by aspenaura, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. aspenaura

    aspenaura New Egg

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    Hi BYC friends! I'm new here and in desperate need of advice. I have a total of 38 chickens in various coops. My largest flock (9 hens and 1 roo) has worms. I orally treated everyone in that flock with Ivermectin because I wanted to make sure everyone got an accurate dose. I treated two weeks ago and this morning I found droppings that look like coffee grounds wiggling with worms again!!! My other flock groups do not seem to have worms and they are on a rotation schedule for free ranging so they are never all together at the same time. Does the type of worms my chickens have dictate the kind of treatment? How do I determine what kind of worms they have? Should I use Ivermectin again or something else? Should I be treating ALL my chickens? I've read about giving probiotics and yogurt and other treatments but that's not really practical since I have so many. Believe me, it was an ordeal orally dosing 10 chickens! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. casportpony

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

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    Welcome to BYC! Ivermectin doesn't treat all types worms.

    -Kathy
     
  3. Folly's place

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    You need to know what the parasites are in your flock, and then treat. Ivermectin doesn't kill tapeworms. No one product will fix everything! Also, you can then try to minimize exposure to the cause of the problem to prevent repeat episodes. Mary
     
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  5. casportpony

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

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    If you could see things moving in the poop then they were probably large roundworms, tape segments or maggots, so google each of those and tell us which ones they looked like. Cecal and capillary worms are very small, so you probably didn't see those.

    Also a good idea to have a fecal done, though false negatives are possible.

    I'm on a phone now, so will post more info on various worms and treatments when i get back on the computer.

    -Kathy
     
  6. casportpony

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    Tapeworm Segments Video

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    Best treatment for tapes is praziquantel. Easiest way to get praziquantel is to buy a tube of Equimax horse paste.
    It looks like this:
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    An effective dose is 0.16 ml per 5 pounds orally and repeat in 10 days. This paste also has ivermectin, so will probably also treat roundworms.

    Another product one could use that will treat *all* worms is Wormout Gel
    http://vetafarm.com.au/product/wormout-gel/

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    Wormout Gel

    Category: Parasite Control
    • Water soluble bird wormer
    • For the treatment of Thread Worm (Capillaria spp.) Tapeworm (Raillietina spp, Choanotaenia spp.), Roundworm (Ascaridia spp.), Caecal Worm (Heterakis gallinarum), Hook Worm (Acuaria spp.) in caged and aviary birds and pigeons.
    20g/L Praziquantel, 20g/L Oxfendazole


    -Kathy


     
  7. aspenaura

    aspenaura New Egg

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    Thank you! I went to the website and it seems really easy and affordable.
     
  8. casportpony

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

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    For those that don't want to buy a foam shipping box, you can make one. You can also get smaller pieces at an art store like Michael's, but is way more expensive. Click here to see foam options.
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    Box, sides, bottom and and top.
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    -Kathy
     
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  9. casportpony

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

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    Here is another option for having a fecal test done:


    The fees listed are for California residents, but the end of the pdf says that most out of state fees are twice the CA fee. CAHFS will let you use their FedEx account number, so that will save money on shipping. Last time I sent an overnight 5 pound box it was only $9.

    -Kathy
     

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