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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:26 am 
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Showy Hen
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Hi all!

Hope you are enjoying the week and looking forward to the weekend.
I have had chickens now for around 18 months. How often do you generally worm them? They free range all day and are locked up in the evenings.
I have worming solution already but have never used it.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:46 pm 
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The general advice is to worm every 3 months from min. 12 weeks age (at the change of seasons or when they are off lay if the product has a with holding period). Some people do it less frequently (as needed).
Free range chooks are more likely to have a worm burden than those that are permanently penned as most bugs and grubs are vectors for worms - eg snails and slaters pass on Tape Worm.
Check the use by date on your product and whether it covers Tape Worm (Moxidectin Plus, Avitrol Plus or Worm Out). Caution with Worm Out if the chooks are moulting as apparently it can cause strange feather regrowth.
Unless you have lots of birds the easiest and most economical method is to direct dose rather than use product in water. I weigh a sample of chooks in a 'Green Bag' on a hanging luggage scale.
Do a follow up dose in 2-3 weeks even if the product does not say to. You want to treat existing worms and any subsequently hatched worm eggs.


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 Post subject: Re: Worming
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:49 pm 
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I do mine about 6 monthly and they seem to survive OK! I think it depends a bit on what worms you have, numbers etc. But they will definitely need worming by now!

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 Post subject: Re: Worming
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:19 am 
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Awesome, thanks for the advice. Will look into it tomorrow!

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 Post subject: Re: Worming
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:56 pm 
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I do mine 4 times a year.
It doesn't hurt


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