How to treat worms in chickens

How to treat worms in chickens

Did you know even a healthy chicken can have worms? We have written this article on how to treat worms in chickens to help you not only better understand worms and parasites but also show you how easy it can be to treat.

Worms and parasites are not only a nuisance for chooks but they also can cause major illness. If present in high volume, they can lead to your hen being stresses as well as ending up with a nutritional deficiency. Luckily, you can not only treat worms and parasites active in your flock but also employ a preventative routine program to help stop them coming back.

Left untreated, a worm infestation not only will cause illness to your flock but can also lead to death. At any given time most chooks have worms, so preventative treatment can keep these pesty little guys become a real problem.

Does my chicken have worms?

As a chicken keeper, it is important to implement a preventative worming program for your flock regardless of if your hens show symptoms. With this in mind, here is a list of the most obvious signs and symptoms of Worms in Chickens:

  • Unusual weight loss.
  • Weight gain including poor weight gain in meat birds and young pullets
  • High or low feed consumption compared to normal feeding consumption
  • 'Threads' in egg whites - these are actually hairworms
  • Yolk in egg is a pale colour
  • Diarrhea, foamy, frothy or pale droppings
  • In extreme worm infestation you may even see roundworms in the chook poop
  • Vent feathers appear dirty
  • A drop in egg production not explained by age or other factors.

Types of Chicken and Poultry Worms

There are many types of worms and parasites which can infest chooks. The most common are:

  • Threadworm
  • Hairworm
  • Large Roundworm
  • Caecal Worm
  • Gapeworms - more uncommon. Found living in the throat. As it is not an intestinal worm you can read more in our Gapeworm in Chickens.

How to treat worms in Chickens

For chicken worming, we recommend Kilverm Poultry Wormer. It is suitable for all Poultry. Kilverm Wormer for poultry is effective as both a preventative and a treatment for active infestations. You can also use it for laying hens, meat birds as well as ornamental birds.

Now here is the best part. You can deliver the appropriate dosage to your flock through their drinking water. Here are some guidelines to help you get the most out of Kilverm Worm treatment for Chickens and Poultry.

How to treat worms in Chickens

  1. Preparation

    Without hold drinking water for two hours before nightfall

  2. Calculate how much mixture

    The dosage for Kilverm Wormer is 10ml per 200ml of fresh water. Calculate the ratio into a measuring bucket.

  3. Administer the medication

    Clean out the Chicken Drinker and put the diluted chicken worming medicine into the chicken drinker. Now put the drinker back in the coop.

  4. Other ways to administer Chicken Worming medicine

    The brilliant minds at Dine A Chook have come up with an ingenious way to deliver the medicine to your flock. Our all new 2lt Chicken Medicine Drinker is perfect for worming. Simply pour 100ml of poultry wormer into our medicated drinker and top up with fresh water.

Things to avoid when using Kilverm:

It is important to remember Kilverm is a medicine and as such you should use it as per the directions. You should not administer this medication when chickens are under stress, showing signs of illness or brooding. Also do not administer in extremem heat codntions.

Treating Laying hens:

Kilverm is safe to use with laying hens. There is no withholding period in so far as eggs go.

Treating Meat Birds for Consumption:

A withholding period of 7 days is required when you administer Kilverm to birds to be slaughtered for consumption.

Ways to prevent worms in Chickens:

It is impossible to fully prevent worms in chickens however here are some great ideas to minimise infestations.

It is best to worm poultry regularly throughout Spring as well as Autumn. These months of the year have less extreme weather which can cause stress to your flock. You should clean your cage or chicken run thoroughly with Apple Cider Vinegar ACV 24 hours after you administer the medicine. Doing so shall help to avoid reinfection for larvae or worm eggs in the coop. You should also repeat medication treatment after two weeks from the intial treatment.

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