Chicken and Egg Issue 12 - page 52-53

Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
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The Chicken Vet is pleased to work
in continued partnership with the
BHWT and congratulate them
with their care and understanding
of re-homing hens!
Chicken Vet provides expertise, advice and
products to the pet chicken keeper. Our
website is full of advice and information to
assist in keeping your special re-homed
hens in tip top health. We have a list of
chicken friendly vets too!
The Chicken Vet proudly
support the British Hen
Welfare Trust
Just like cats and dogs, hens can pick up
worms (and we don’t mean the garden earth
worm variety).
Round worm can cause hens to produce
loose droppings and, if ignored, can become
debilitating. A simple test kit to check for the
presence of worms and coccidiosis (another
nasty parasite) can be purchased and will
tell you if there is a worm problem with your
hens. We suggest routine worming with
Flubenvet four times a year starting in the
spring. Wormer can be administered in a
complete feed (Marriages) or added to your
own feed.
Tape worm can be picked up if your hens eat
slugs and snails and Flubenvet will not cover
this. Treat with Praziquantrel which is avail-
able from your vet, although is not currently
licensed for poultry.
Now is the time to think
about your worming routine
Finally use a ground disinfectant powder to
freshen up the area around the pop hole,
Chicken Vet Dri Bed is a recommended
product, but there are others on the market.
Ascites is caused by a build- up of fluid in
the abdomen resulting from either poor ven-
tilation or respiratory disease, both problems
putting pressure on the heart. Birds often
have a large swollen abdomen and waddling
gait. Although less common in hens from
the enriched cages, hens displaying ascites
can often walk off a ‘water belly’ with simple
exercise over time.
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