worming-what age to start

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bouldensamantha, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. bouldensamantha

    bouldensamantha New Egg

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    I've been trying to stock up on some of the preventative and medical items for my new pellets and had some questions about worming. I looked at the past threads and didn't find the info, I apologize if it's repetitive. My first question is at what point should I try deworming? I know some people don't think it's necessary but I think it's probably worth it. Also is a dewormer preventative or does it just kill existing worms? Thanks for any info you have.
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't worm any earlier than twelve weeks or so (and probably not until 6 months). Chickens younger than this likely don't have a large worm infestation.

    Wormers kill worms inside the chicken; they don't prevent them.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Like Wyandottes7 said, I wouldn't think about worming until birds are at least 12-14 weeks old. A young bird hasn't usually been around long enough to contact enough worms to make worming worthwhile. Wormers can stress a bird's system out (especially in young birds), so I'd only worm when necessary or occasionally as a preventative measure.
     
  4. bouldensamantha

    bouldensamantha New Egg

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    Makes sense thanks for the info!
     

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