Chicken & Egg Issue 11 - page 15

od Eggs (RS)
Hi Gaynor,
I am really worried about my little chicken Duplo (now
19 months old), over the last few days she has been
drinking more than usual, is not her boisterous self and
has the odd bout of diarrhoea. Today I noticed these
weird little gel-like spores on her stool (see pic).
She and her pal Hanuto (who is absolutely healthy and
produces lovely normal droppings) have been
wormed just 6 weeks ago. Help please! Very worried
and grateful! Ursula (Dunbartonshire)
Hi Ursula
This is a classic picture showing tapeworm segments.
Normal wormer (Flubenvet) does not kill tapeworms
and you should obtain Praziquantrel from your vet. As
Duplo has intermittent diarrhoea it may be worth
collecting a faecal sample to check for the presence of other worms. This is a simple
process involving sending a sample in the post to Chicken Vet. If necessary follow up
with Flubenvet and treat all your hens. Ensure that your run is clean and use a
ground sanitizer. Slugs and snails can carry tapeworms so be on the look-out for any
in your run.
A healthy comb should be red, plump and
glossy; this is often a good indicator that a hen is
in lay. If the comb is pale but plump it probably
means that she is healthy but off lay.
The comb is usually the first part of your hen to
be grabbed during pecking order disputes, so a
thick layer of Vaseline on combs when merging
new hens can help prevent injury.
Be vigilant during frosty or extreme weather. A
large floppy comb can easily be affected by
frost bite and you may notice the tips of the
comb turning black – this is particularly
noticeable with cockerel combs. Treat with
lashings of Vaseline again.
NB Whilst our knowledge is considerable and based on experience and
anecdotal research, we cannot accept any responsibility for the advice
given. If you are in any doubt about the health of your hen(s) you should
always seek veterinary advice.
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