Worms in poop - Gross PIC

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by puddinbabe, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    When I went out to clean the coop today I found a pile of poop with what appear to be large worms in it. This is a massive load of worms! None of the worms were still alive. I have no idea why they just came out today. I've had this girl for over 5 months and I have never seen worms before. I do check their poop every day since I only have two girls. Recently, I was deousing them so I started putting a little DE in their food. Maybe this was the reason this lump of worms came out?


    If anyone could identify these worms and tell me a little about them, I would appreciate it. Also, if I should take another treatment route (aside from DE), please let me know.

  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Are you sure they did not have spaghetti for dinner? [​IMG] [​IMG] Just kidding, is does not look like tape worms because those are flat, maybe round worms. Someone will tell you better than me.
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Ick! Nothing like some parasites to give you a start first thing in the morning, is there? [​IMG]
    For some reason my computer will only show me half the picture, but they look like large roundworms to me. A vet can do a fecal sample for a positive ID.
    I wouldn't rely on DE to get rid of roundworms. They are nasty things. I'd get the specific dewormer from my vet if it were my chicken.
    I think roundworms are a direct cycle parasite, meaning the adult worms lay eggs which come out in your chicken's poop, and then can be reingested directly by either of your birds. Repeat worming over a period of weeks may be required. Again, a vet can help you set up a schedule.
    Good luck!
  4. cristina33

    cristina33 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Ick. If I saw that, I would get myself a good wormer and get the job done. DE won't fix a wormload like that.
  6. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    Was it the DE that made the bird throw the worms out? Or were they going to come out anyhow? Now I have to go look at the poop to make sure I don't have any since I just started putting the DE in their food.
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I would think that the worms came out because of the DE...because they came out in Splort, the liquid cecal droppings, they might be cecal worms...
    I'd get the birds on a wormer PDQ.
  8. BarbK

    BarbK Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
    Quote:I do not know the types of worms that chickens can get. If it was a dog I would say they were rounds. However I do agree with chickbea about worms being direct cycle parasites. Take a sample to your vet and he can identify your worms for you and give you the proper meds.
  9. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    I'm no vet, but they are definitley roundworms piperazine is the preferred treatment for Rd worms, But I would go with a broad spectrum wormer, such as Levamisole or Valbazen. as they are easier on the birds system than piperazine, and chances are they may have other types of worms also

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