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Poultry Worming

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Poultry Worming- Chickens, like other birds can be infected with worms. Chickens spend a lot of time on the ground foraging and eating invertebrates such as earthworms which puts them at high risk.

Chicken worms will generally cause problems in three ways:

  • Ascaridia and Capillaria live in the gastrointestinal tract and can cause diarrhoea and anaemia from damaging the gut lining. Chickens may or may not have diarrhoea and egg production may drop.
  • Syngamus worms aka ‘gapeworm’ live in the bird’s trachea and cause inflammation and even blockage leading to breathing difficulties.
  • A protozoal infection (Blackhead) can be transmitted by one species of parasitic worm which can cause severe poorly treatable disease especially in turkeys.
*There is a chicken wormer available which is added to feed for 7 days without having to throw away the eggs.  This can be used every 3 months in feed. We would recommend having faecal egg counts performed regularly and only treating if parasites are present initially.

Other ways to reduce worm problems include:

  • Keeping stocking density low. The more chickens on the same area of land will increase the number of worms.
  • Clean regularly so any litter used is not harboring worm eggs for the chickens to ingest.
  • Disinfect sheds or coops with Interkokask if worms are a problem.
Turkeys and peafowl are also prone to worms and turkeys in particular are highly susceptible to blackhead disease. As chickens are more likely to have the blackhead parasite without disease it is best not to house chickens and turkeys together and if they do live together be very strict with worming to try and prevent disease.
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For further information please do not hesitate to call us at Rosevean Veterinary Practice, 01736 362215.