Worms for the first time!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JonnieN, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. JonnieN

    JonnieN Chirping

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    Hello,
    I'm Jonnie and the mommy of 8 lovely chickens. 5 of my girls are 1yr 5 mo old and the the other 3 are 8 mo old. They are my little loves and are spoiled by both my husband and I.

    Over the past few weeks I have noticed an increase in a few of the girls apitetes and then some watery poop. There has been a family emergency that had kept me away from home for 6 days and now there is a lot of watery stuff all over. I have not had to deal with worms before and I honestly don't know what I should do. At this time I can't do it naturally because I have to be at the bedside of my sister. What is a good artificial medication? I feel absolutely horrible giving this to my girls since they have only been feed organic and are free range in our large backyard but I have no choice.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so much!! Oh, sorry if I mess up this thread! I'm new. Haha
     
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi Jonnie and welcome to BYC. Watery poop could be caused by issues other than worms. I hope that those with greater expertise than myself can help you.
     
  3. JonnieN

    JonnieN Chirping

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    Hi Pork Pie,
    Oh Boy,
    That would not be a good thing right now. Maybe I should take a sample to the Vet and have her take a look...
    Thank [email protected]
     
  4. Notaneggspurt

    Notaneggspurt Songster

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    :welcome

    Best way to determine if it is worms it to have a fecal test done. Most vet offices can do this and only require you to bring the sample and not the chicken. This will also help best determine which medicine would work best.

    Posting pictures (yes of poop :D) will also be helpful in getting feed back. You can also start a new post in the illnesses section to get some more eyes on your situation.
     
  5. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Posting pictures of the chickens and any recent changes to their setup would be useful as well.

    Can you think of any symptoms besides diarrhea? Pale combs, fluffed feathers, hunched positions, etc.? Any neighbours that might leave out things that aren't actually edible?

    A pinch or two of salt in their water will help them absorb the liquid better, which could help with the dehydration. A teaspoon of baking soda for every half gallon of water may help their stomachs settle.

    Good luck.
     
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    JonnieN Chirping

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  7. JonnieN

    JonnieN Chirping

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    I'm loving the "Notaneggspurt"!!
    I will take a sample to our vet and see what she see's. I'll take one of my girls also that way if it's not worms she might be able to dx the watery poo.

    Thank you!
     
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  8. Notaneggspurt

    Notaneggspurt Songster

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    :fl keep used posted
     
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