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tilf · 14/02/2011 20:10

Please can you tell me how often you worm your chooks & what you use? I want something that does not affect their eggs if poss.

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ilovemyhens · 15/02/2011 09:37

Flubenvet - it's great. You can continue eating the eggs as well. Sprinkle some on a food treat each day for about a week.

Don't bother with Verm-X. It's just a herbal treatment that may prevent reinfestation, but it doesn't actually kill any worms.

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beachyhead · 15/02/2011 09:38

Do you actually need to worm chickens anyway or do you wait till they have worms?

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ilovemyhens · 15/02/2011 10:34

Just assume that they have worms and worm anyway - like you do with cats and dogs.

Intestinal parasites cause a lot of health problems in chickens and can kill them if left untreated. You will only find actual worms if there's a very heavy infestation, less severe infestations cause health problems which can cause a bird to lose condition and succumb to infections.

Chickens spend hours messing around in the earth, so they'll end up with worms eventually.

I worm about every 8 weeks. It's easy enough to do and the Flubenvet lasts for ages because you only use about a pinch per bird each day. The vet told me it's well tolerated so not to be too concerned with exact dosage measurements.

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sancere · 15/02/2011 12:23

Where can you buy Flubenvet from please?

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chickchickchicken · 15/02/2011 21:11

i use flubenvet as well. i got mine from countrywide

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ilovemyhens · 18/02/2011 14:54

You can order it online or from your local vet. I got mine from Happy Chicks which is a small online store with fantastic service.

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sancere · 18/02/2011 17:26

Thank you all for your help, somone on the Omlet Forum told me about pellets which contained Flubenvet, i googled this and found a website - www.sprcentre.com that sold Marriages layers pellets with flubenvet 10kg for £5.90. I ordered on line and it arrived in 2 days. Chooks now eat this for 7 days so all seems easy enough Smile

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