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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:14 pm 
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I've wormed my girls (3 in fact trying 3 different products) and all seemed well for a couple of weeks but now a few weeks later they have dirty rear ends again?

I am flummoxed. In the nearly 10 years I have had birds I have never had to reworm them like this over a 6-7 month period.

While I have far fewer chooks in the last year (down by 2/3) we do have more wild birds than before in our free range garden (the sparrows seem to have moved in en masse) but that is the only major change in their environment recently.

Any ideas?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:46 pm 
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Don't know...

1, Hot weather and drinking excess water

2, Drinking dirty water from puddles because you have a sprinkler going because it's hot

3, Feed ("wet" food, lettuce etc)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:34 pm 
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Build up of lice eggs?

Sleeping on the floor?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:27 pm 
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Thanks guys - will check for lice eggs Sue55 and the wet feed idea Milo: No sprinklers going or dirty water or in fact floor sleeping (not the chooks anyway!) Did not realise excess water drinking (or indeed wet food) could increase worm load Milo? Can you elaborate?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:28 am 
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I don't think he was suggesting excess water would necessarily increase the worm load, just that it may cause a dirty bottom from the increased liquidity and volume of faecal material.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:33 pm 
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Ah - thanks Kirane. :-)


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