I did the research, got the run and coop, got the birds...
Decided to go down the route of diatomaceous earth rather than chemical parasite controll.
Spent a small fortune getting the stuff and have religiously been giving it for about 6 weeks:
-Daily in the feed.
-Every other day in the coop,
-Once a week onto the birds, and
-Once a week spread liberally around the soil where they like to sit and have dustbaths.
So I wonder: HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT I JUST PICKED UP A HANDFUL OF WORMS OUT OF THE COOP???!!!
I thought the DE is supposed to dissolve the parasites?
This was a clump of worms much like a puppy makes on their first worming (Looks like ascarids!). Maybe 6 or 7 3inch long worms, white in colour, round with pointy ends, slightly curled like spaghetti (NOT closely curled like ringlets). They were dead when I found them, but it had been about 4 hours since I let the girls out...
Would I be correct in assuming if one has them then so does everyone else?
Should I worm them? Bearing in mind they have just finished a 10day course of antibiotics?
As a stop-gap for today, I took some nice tasty fish and mushed it up with 2 tsp of DE and hand fed the girls. So I know that everyone except Isadora had plenty of DE. I would much rather do this everyday than feed my birds a load of chemicals, as I try to hand feed them everyday anyway.
I should also say that I poo pick the run most days, and the coop every day, and that the coop gets completely changed once a week.
Please pass out your wisdom, lovely people out there in computer land