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worms in the water, in Dec??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by craftbug1021, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. craftbug1021

    craftbug1021 In the Brooder

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    I have noticed the past 2 or 3 days when I empty the water bowls, there are little bitty worms in the bottom, even under the ice, that look like wax worms. I have heavy plastic pet bowls, cannot for the life of me figure where these worms are coming from. I have pine litter for some and leaves in another pen. Then the other bowl is out on the ground for my free range girls. Could it be from back wash of their food? Or is it coming from my water supply (hope not cause its straight out of my kitchen sink!!) Its in the 30's here at night and the top of the water is frozen every morning. I clean their bowls with a scrub brush everyday, so I cant see where they can be coming from????
     

  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

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    Not sure where your at but here in Florida mosquitos will lay eggs which turn into little squiggly worms.
     
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Songster

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    Ewwwww. Could you posibly take a picture of these worms to help people to identify them?
     
  4. craftbug1021

    craftbug1021 In the Brooder

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    went out to get a pic of them, and there were none this morning, but the water didnt freeze last night. They are about 5/16 of an inch long, white, with little tiny brown head 1/32nth maybe, look just like a wax worm only miniature.
    It concerns me if they are from back wash, I feed my chickens rural king layena, purina scratch, and table scraps.
     
  5. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

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    That sounds gross. [​IMG]
    How often to you change out their water
     
  6. craftbug1021

    craftbug1021 In the Brooder

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    I change their water every morning, and if the bowls are dirty swish a scrub brush thru them designated only for that. What are gape worms? Havent had any this week since the temperature has been above freezing. Supposed to be cold tonight and next couple days so will see if they are back.
     

  7. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    Here in the foothills of northern SC I have always found worms in the water dishes in all the different animals I own. Be it dogs, horses, cats, chickens etc. At one time I knew what it was from but now I am old and can't remember why they do it.
     
  8. cva34

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    Are they getting poop in water????...cva34
     
  9. KDK1

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    Quote:Absolutely amazing... perhaps you should read the post!
     

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