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Worming while Molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bustermommy, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if this is a bad idea.

    Assuming that the worming is not an urgent thing (in other words, just precautionary, per schedule, or otherwise not a "sick" chicken), is it a bad idea to worm a chicken who is molting since their body is already under stress?

    Or is it better to wait?

    Does the answer depend on which wormer you are planning on using?

    Please note, I am not referring to giving them de, pumpkin or other natural methods, but medicinal wormer.
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    A lot of people do this because they don't lose so many eggs. There is at least one, though, that can cause malformation in the feathers coming in. I'd just research whatever wormer you have in mind as well as I could. You could either give it quite early in the molt or when it has cooled down, to reduce the stress. If you use Valbazen, it is relatively gentle on them.
     
  3. dawg53

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    I agree with Flockwatcher, valbazen is your best bet. Dont use safeguard during molt, the fenbendazole causes feather deformity...I learned that from personal experience years ago.
    After worming, it's always best to feed them a mixture of scrambled egg and buttermilk for 4-5 days. Scrambled egg for the extra protein needed in helping feather regrowth and strength, buttermilk as a probiotic to help their immune system. I dont recommend using eggs laid during worming nor yogurt.
     
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  5. dawg53

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    Quote:I had used the goat wormer previously and got the curled,stunted feathers after a molt on a couple of birds. Here's a link:
    http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html
    Scroll down to "Fenbendazole Treatments," then down to "Three-Day Treatment," and read. As to why... perhaps you can google it and let us know and tell us about your experience with fenbendazole.
     
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  6. Jakenhoss

    Jakenhoss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Why not use yogurt? I have, out of 14 chickens, 1 or 2 that has worms. Just found them. I was going to give them ground up pumpkin seeds and yogurt until I can get to the feed store to get "Valbazen". I believe that is the name of the wormer I need. How should I do this before I can get the wormer med.? Also, I read that one should not consume the eggs of a chick that has worms, is this correct? Thank you for your help in advance.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm looking for info on worming during molt and thought I'd share that one of my books says it can cause "fret marks" on new feathers.

    -Kathy
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    This is what fret marks look like:
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    -Kathy
     

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