Something I learned
about worming: If you have to worm, start gently. Worming is very hard
on your birds.
Most vets, even those that do not treat chickens, will inspect a fecal
sample for worms and it it inexpensive. Since worming is so hard on
your birds, it is best to check before treating for worms. Place a good
sample (all coops, all that appear not perfectly healthy) of your birds
on a clean surface, scoop up samples, and take them to your vet.
If your bird has a heavy
roundworm load (which is not uncommon) or if the bird free ranges and
hasn't been wormed in a long time, start slowly. If you use a
broad-spectrum wormer first the massive worm kill off inside your
bird's body can kill your bird. Start out with something like
Piperazine (Wazine), which is no walk in the park, mind you, but is not
a powerful wormer.
Piperazine according to the instructions and wait a week. The birds
will poop out many of the roundworms. Note: the worms are NOT dead,
just paralyzed. This shocked me the first time I was cleaning up from
worming. It's not for the weak of stomach. Clean the bedding VERY well
after these worms come out. After a week you can use a product called
Ivomec Eprinex. It will kill the rest of the worms, including the
roundworms that the Piperazine missed. Here is a good article about
Ivomec Eprinex from Scott at The Easy Chicken website. Read it before
doing anything with Eprinex. It is very well researched.www.homestead.com/shilala/ivomec.html
I do not eat the eggs
for a couple weeks after using Piperizine. I know the amount of the
drug excreted into the egg peaks between 48 and 96 hours after
administering the drug but I am extra cautious. The Eprinex claims to
have 0 withdrawal period (in milk and beef cattle which is what it is
labeled) but again I am cautious. I give it a week before consuming the
I have used this very
method several times and have had excellent success. The birds feel
better after the worming, they look better, they lay better, and they
My rule is all new birds
get wormed, I worm everyone once a year, generally spring, and if I am
positive they need it. If the birds decrease or stop laying for no good
reason (like weather, season change, parasites, coccidiosis), seem thin
and tired, look frumpy and ruffled, then worms is my first thought.
Again: this is hard on
the birds. Get them on some probiotics and treat them extra special
with lots of treats, attention, and TLC.