Would you worm a sick hen???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gritsar, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Earlier I posted about a hen that's acting a bit off:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=259037

    She's still acting strange. Won't eat. Did take a few bites of applesauce.
    She just had a runny, mustard colored stool that according to the chickenkeeper's guide to poo is either a cecal stool or worms.

    The flock was last wormed in November of 2008 with valbazen. I also have (generic) ivermectin pour on available.

    Should I worm her when she is definitely run down?
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    She could well be run down BECAUSE of the worms. I think you should worm her.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Thank you sooooooo much! Should I use the valbazen (albendazole) again or the ivermectin pour on?
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Personally I would use ivermectin.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I'm sorry, I forgot to ask this question. Can you tell me the dose for ivermectin pour on? Is it 1/4 cc per five pounds of body weight?
     
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I want to say it's .5cc. Shoot... I have the dosing at home but I won't be back for another hour.
     
  7. fourfeathers

    fourfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she is run down, it could be because of worms or something else. I would have a fecal done, about $15 at vet to see if there are worms, otherwise you are just taxing her system. I'd definitely give her a probiotic mash...do a search authored by glenda h., but mixture is usually unsweetened yogurt, buttermilk and chicken crumbles.
     
  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mustard colored poop can also be advanced coccidiosis. A round of Corid might be an order. If you can do it, a fecal would probably be very helpful.
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'd start with the valbazen then follow up in 10 days with the Ivermectin. The Ivermectin is pretty strong (never used valbazen, maybe it is too?) and if she has a heavy load and they all die at once it can cause her problems. Better to use a milder wormer for the first go and follow up with the big guns. Good luck with her!!
     
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    If you do opt for the lab testing: do not ask for a fecal, ask for a "fecal egg count." They are different.
     

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