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#111132 - 12/16/13 02:17 PM worming chickens
C5 Offline

Registered: 07/31/12
Posts: 33
Loc: MD, Talbot
Is it necessary to worm chickens and how do you know if they have worms?

#111138 - 12/16/13 10:25 PM Re: worming chickens [Re: C5]
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8501
Loc: Montana
Have you ever seen worms in the droppings of your birds--check under the roosts, even in their runs? Do you handle your birds, feel if any seem lightweight or just not looking thrifty?''
If not, probably not to worry. However some climates will harbor worms that chickens will become infected with several kinds of worms, that can be harmful. Many worm their birds regularly, if they live where they are known to have parasites that will weaken their birds, without treatment.

I have wormed my birds several years ago, but never saw any results, indicating that they doubtless did not need it. In my climate, the cold winters with ground frozen for months, may kill the eggs left in the ground of their pens?
If you do decide to worm them, remember, the wormer is POISON, follow directions exactly. Directions may say to toss their eggs for a certain number of days. Then relax and enjoy your healthy birds, that may carry worms, but not a load that imperils their well being. CJR

Edited by CJR (12/16/13 10:27 PM)

#112745 - 05/12/14 12:27 AM Re: worming chickens [Re: CJR]
19jordanwalker82 Offline
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Registered: 05/11/14
Posts: 1
Loc: Victoria, Australia
I just wormed my hens and wanted to see what your thoughts are. I noticed over the last couple of days, 2 of my hens have a discolored wattle and comb. They look purple-ish to me and they seem pale. The hens are acting fine. They look terrible, though, as they are going through a molt.
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#112809 - 05/28/14 12:33 AM Re: worming chickens [Re: 19jordanwalker82]
Foehn Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1974
Loc: New Zealand
They can look pretty tatty and pale coloured during moult. You can lift their protein intake a bit to help them through this time as they divert protein to feather growth.

#113431 - 12/23/14 04:17 AM Re: worming chickens [Re: Foehn]
malhide Offline

Registered: 12/18/14
Posts: 10
Loc: northern ireland
a good natural wormer is diatomaceous earth the way I give it is in a bucket with their food and 3 teaspoons of it and add oil to it you will know the different in their dropping too give it to them 1-2 a week if you wont and their is no withdraw period in the eggs

Edited by malhide (12/23/14 04:17 AM)

#113516 - 01/08/15 11:44 PM Re: worming chickens [Re: malhide]
michealaldridge Offline

Registered: 01/08/15
Posts: 11
Loc: georgia, paulding
I worm my birds occasionally with piperzine (wazine) rather they seem to need it or not. I use to use a gamefowl wormer called wormazole and it worked great but, its been harder to get through my local co-op. You can probably still find it online.


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