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.
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.