Parasitic worms in chickens are more common than most chicken owners know. It is very easy for your chickens to pick up parasitic worms on the ground. These eggs then grow into adult worms inside them. The infected chicken then sheds these worms through their droppings and infects more birds in your flock.
Why Should You Worm Your Chickens?
Many poultry owners either don’t know they worm their flocks or they decide to rely on “natural” herbal treatments that are ineffective. The results are a chicken environment with a very heavy parasitic worm load. This will lead to birds that look bad, poor egg production and can lead to the death of your birds eventually.
How Do You Kill The Parasitic Worms In Your Chickens?
There are several products on the market that you can try. Be aware that most advertise that they kill 100% of the worms and while that may be true, parasitic worms have a lifecycle. The products do not kill the eggs left behind so new worms will hatch and re-infest your birds. So you will have to treat your birds more than once. The typical lifecycle of most parasitic worms is from two to eight weeks. So you need to repeat your treatments during this time frame to be sure and get rid of as many parasitic worms as you can.
The other way to reduce parasitic worm numbers is to rotate your chicken turnout areas. You need to have a couple of places for your chickens to roam so that you can “rest” one area at a time and rotate your chickens as needed. Keep your grass cut short which will allow the sunlight to reach the ground and kill any eggs laying there.
Parasitic worms in your chickens can be a real problem and you may not even be aware that your chickens are infested. The best way to find out if your chickens have internal parasites is to take fecal samples to your local vet to have them tested. Your vet can tell you what types of parasites your chickens have, what you should treat them with and how often. If you don’t have a vet in your area that will do this, it is best to assume that they do have parasites and treat them with a broad spectrum wormer at least once a year. Remember to allow for the life cycles of the worms and treat more than once during this time frame.
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