worms in chickens poop! help! (picture included)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickencrazy21, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. chickencrazy21

    chickencrazy21 Chirping

    Aug 22, 2012
    west covina california

    so im freaking out. i just went to collect our chicken eggs. and on one of there cages a chicken took a big poop and at first i thought it had rice in it...till i realized it was works. im freaking out. idk which of the 22 chickens in that particular pen pooped it out. if one has it do they all have it? is it contagious? how do i treat it. do i need to treat off all of my chickens for it? do the chickens in the next pen have it too? we have a total of 34 chickens. 4 of them are completely separated from our old ones. how do i treat it and how expensive is it? this really worries me. will the eggs it lays be effected? are they still good to eat? again im not sure which chicken pooped out the worms. i did see our lemon chicken where the poop was but it could have been anyone.. and the worms were moving but very slowly. please someone help. i refrained from googling hoping someone on here will help so i dont get wrong information. i love all my chickens and all of them look and are acting normal. we have had odd eggs the past two days but that was on the other side of the fence that we found this poop in (our chickens are in two separate pens one has 22 chickens the other has 8) the weird eggs were a rubber egg and then a jumbo egg. please help im sooo worried but moneys tight too so i hope it doesnt cost too much. what do i do?

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Those are tapeworm segments, I've dealt with them and they can be difficult to get rid of. It would be best to worm all your birds. Insects are the intermediate host for the tapeworm. The chicken eats the infected insect and the tapeworm larva latches onto the intestinal wall inside the chicken (depending what type of tapeworm it is.) The tapeworm feeds and grows off the nutrients that the chicken eats. The tapeworm then sheds segments as it grows. Each segment (looks like rice) contains several hundred eggs which will eventually be deposted onto the soil to be eaten by an insect. The insect is eaten by a chicken....the tapeworms lifecycle is then completed.
    Treatment is Valbazen liquid cattle/sheep wormer. It can be purchased from Jefferslivestock.com online or call them. It comes in a 500ml bottle.
    Once you get the valbazen; withhold your chickens feed for 24 hours. Then use a syringe without a needle to administer the valbazen to each of your chickens. It would be best if you have another person help you. Have the other person hold the chicken for you. Pull the wattles down and the hens mouth will open. Take your preloaded syringe with 1cc valbazen in it and shoot 1/2cc in her mouth and immediately let go of the wattles so the hen can swallow the liquid on her own without aspirating. Once she swallows the liquid, pull her wattles down again and give her the other 1/2cc valbazen from the syringe and immediately release her wattles so she can swallow it on her own. The reason you dose her 1/2cc at a time is because 1cc would be too much for her to swallow at once and she could possibly aspirate. You do not want the liquid going down her windpipe...big trouble.
    Once you have dosed all your birds, wait 5 days, then on the 6th day withhold their feed again for 24 hours. On the 7th day, redose them again with 1cc valbazen. Repeat the steps I mentioned exactly like the first steps I already mentioned. Then wait 5 days, then on the 6th day withhold their feed again for 24 hours. On the 7th day, redose again with 1cc valbazen. You'll be dosing them for a total of 3 times.
    It's possible that you might see tapeworms excreted in the feces. They will be flat and segmented, or stringy in appearance. It's also possible that you may not see any at all.
    Your birds may also have other types of worms, such as large roundworms and capillary worms. Valbazen will kill them all. The thing about valbazen is that it slowly kills all types of worms over a period of several days. There isnt any threat of intestinal blockage nor toxic dead worm overload while using valbazen. It is a very safe wormer.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013

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