Worming chickens August 06, 2017 11:50
Preventing worms in your chickens and other animals is an unfortunate but necessary task. For me prevention is the best route, I prefer natural methods but I would not hesitate to use a chemical wormer if needed.
There are a number of different kinds of worms.
- Gape worms
- Hair worms
Just to name a few.
Chickens get worms by foraging, from droppings and or earthworms, slugs, etc.
How do you know if they are infected? Some of the signs are:
- Weight loss
- Gasping for breath (gapeworms)
- poop on eggs (unless the nesting box is dirty with poo)
There are several wormers on the market as well as natural means such as Diatomaceous Earth, Apple Cider Vinegar is beneficial in keeping hens healthy, it has many great health benefits as its packed with vitamin and mineral goodness. Apple Cider Vinegar acts as a mild antiseptic and also a mild antibiotic, so it will kill some bacteria and germs, and deter worms from making a home in your chickens. Add some to your chickens water. Adding a bit of molasses is also beneficial in helping to expel worms after using DE.