Can I add wormer to drinking water?

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  1. Dazlin

    Dazlin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I never wormed my chickens before...but I thought I might try to add some wormer to their drinking water. My question is...does it mater what kind? Can I just add alittle wormer paste that I use for my horses?
     
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    I don't think your horse wormer paste would dissolve in the water to well. You can use Wazine in their water-it is a poultry/swine de-wormer.
     

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    I use wazine in the water according to the instructions on the package. I leave this medicated water until it's all gone. I then wash the waterer and refill it with fresh, unmedicated water. One week later, I put one drop of 5% ivermectin pour-on on the back of each bird. I do this every three months for a total of four times each year.
     
  4. Dazlin

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    ok thanks very much!
     
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    Why do you want to worm them? I've never known chickens to need worming.
     
  6. Dazlin

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    Actually, as I said I've never wormed any of my chickens before, but these are about 7 Cochin hens that haven't laid for months now. I've tried just about everything, including adding light to go on
    at 4 am, upping protein, adding seeds, and also pumpkins seeds at times. They free range, and have been going in and roosting early afternoon by theselves. That could be to get away from the rooster :) All the other hens in the coop right next to them are laying every day! So, either they are expired (into 2nd yr) or what? So worming is a last try. Absolutely no health problems with them...they all look and act/eat just fine.
     
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    I dont think they are worm, they might be broody. How old are they? After some time no matter how good they have it, if they are older they will stop laying.
     
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    chickens do not need worming but on rare occasions. as long as they are kept in sanitary conditions. the regimented worming schedule you hear tell of is over kill generally.
     
  9. Dazlin

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    Well, I'll prob never worm again, but I'll try this time, and see if they start laying in spring. I live in Florida, so its not a weather issue. Just these 7 seven hens...everyone else is laying!
     
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    I never 'worm' our chickens.

    However I 'de-worm' our chickens once a year with Wazine.

    :)
     
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    wazine is a good product. i use it on rare occasions. mainly to help get the young fowl off to a good start growing. but it does not kill tape worms. once in a great while chickens can get tape worms. usually this is on an individual basis. for this i use ENDZUM. it kills most all worms if i remeber right. you just give them a few drop in their mouths

    but i havent used this product in a couple of yrs. and dont even have any on hand. hopefully its not going to be necessary.

    sanitation is the key.
     
  12. Dazlin

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    Just an update here...It's been 3 days ago I wormed them. I didn't see anything in their droppings. No change in anything, and no EGGS!
    So...what do I do with them??? I won't have them for dinner...so what should I do? Such a shame , because these are really beautiful LARGE colorful Cochins :)
     
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    probably still recuperating from the moult. and/or once they quite laying b/c of stress from moult or lack of natural or artificial light, it takes them time to get their systems going again.
    that breed isnt the best layers to start with.

    a maintance worming will not affect in one way or another egg production.
     
  14. Dazlin

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    I know they are about 2 yrs old. And yes , I'm still seeing alot feathers, although, that has tapered a bit. I've never seen such a long sloww molt. I also agree, Cochins are not the best layers after the 1st yr. I'm thinking to sell them for dirt cheap.
     
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    i generally sell my layers at 1 1/2 old. i use sex-link. and they still lay well at that age, but i need maximum production.
    a slow moult id say, i agree with ya. sell them. they are just consuming feed and your getting nothing in return.
     
  16. ET1 SS

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    If you are looking for worms, you are not going to 'see' them without a microscope.