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Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
Syngamus trachea, the gape worm, lives
in the trachea (windpipe) causing gasping
and head shaking. Because of the clinical
signs, gape worms are the most commonly
thought of worms affecting chickens.
However, they are quite rare and the cause
is usually respiratory disease.
Tape worms rarely affect chickens; if you do
suspect them consult your vet.
It is easy to assume your birds have worms,
so one way to check is to get the chickens
droppings tested. This avoids over-worming
and will advise you of the species present.
Chicken Vet supply special kits to collect a
sample and includes packaging to send to
the laboratory.
For treatment, the only licensed poultry
wormer is Flubenvet 1%, suitable for
chickens, turkeys and geese, but not ducks.
Flubenvet 1% is available only through
outlets that employ suitably qualified
persons (SQP’s) or through a veterinary
practice. Flubenvet is administered in feed
over seven days and comes in a 60g pot,
which is enough to treat a 20kg bag of
feed. Eggs can safely be consumed during
treatment. Testing and treatment for worms
should ideally be carried out every three
months, for a preventative measure as well
as a treatment.
It is best practice to clean out the coop
during worming and use a disinfectant which
destroys worm eggs, such as Interkokask,
to destroy worm eggs in the environment. If
your chickens are confined to a run, it helps
to reduce worm burdens by moving the run
regularly or changing the surface material
every so often.
For further advice and information,
Keeping your hens worm-free ensures a happy, healthy flock
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