WORMS - should I ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rocky Top Chick, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feb 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    My chickens are in great shape, no losses, couple of bumblefoots, one impacted crop a few months ago, but nothing else serious. (knock on wood) However, I keep reading about worming the chickens. How do I know to do this. I do not see worms anywhere. Am I being paranoid? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Depending on who you talk to, the answer is yes, no or maybe. [​IMG] Some believe that the flock should be dewormed twice a year regardless of symptoms, others say only if there is a problem (see worms, weight loss, etc). You won't necessarily see worms in their stool if they have worms. However, you can take a fecal sample into a vet and they can look for eggs that have been shed (but even then, a negative test isn't 100% fool-proof...there just may not be eggs in that sample.However, the test is still a great indication).

    I'm not really any help, am I? In my opinion, deworming every once in a while is not a bad idea, especially if they eat lots of earthworms and share digging/feeding areas with wild birds.
     
  3. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Thanks for the post Rocky Top Chick. This is what I'm wondering lately, too. I just may do it soon. Is it true that you can't eat the eggs then? Could I still feed the eggs to the cats?
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Two weeks is the standard, but some wait up to 4 weeks. You can give the eggs to the dogs/cats and you can feed them back to the chickens (cooked, of course! You don't want to encourage egg eating! [​IMG] ).
     

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