1. Heartforchickens

    Heartforchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Jan 13, 2011
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    I have 4 healthy hens raised from day 1 and are going on 4 years old. I have never seen sign of worms in their poop and have never wormed them. Can I assume they have not had or have worms or am I just dreaming? Thanks for your advice.
     
  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I was wondering the same thing so I took a fecal sample to an avain vet to get tested. It cost $26. It came back negative.

    I know a lot of people worm in the winter because they are not getting any eggs anyway so they don't have to worry about withdrawal but I was just reading a post from someone who had had their chicken autosyed after they died and the vet found some worms. However, he recommended not to worm the remaining chickens as they would have to deal with that and the cold.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    If their feet touch the ground, they'll get worms eventually. You dont have to wait to see worms in their poop, if you do, that means there's an infestation. The couple of worms that you see in the poop means there's hundreds inside them laying thousands of eggs being shed which are deposited on the ground to be picked up again by a chicken to start the lifecycle all over again. It also means there's no more room in their innards, that's another reason the worms would be excreted.
    If and when your chickens become lethargic, slowed eating and drinking and not laying...most likely it's caused by worms, lice and mites can cause the same symptoms too. But it's easy to inspect them for lice/mites. ETA; yes a sample can be taken to a vet to be checked for worms and cocci. The vet can tell what type of worm they possibly have and you can treat accordingly.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011

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