Worms are without a doubt a huge burden on all poultry & livestock, this includes domestic pets too!
Tell tale signs in poultry are pretty simple to see - The most common is scours (Runny droppings and pooy bums), Pale or jaundice face and pale comb & wattles or sluggish behaviour is another...
Further symptoms are increased appetite - this is also very common, Feed consumption goes up, yet egg production goes down. Speaking of eggs, Egg quality can also decrease, with poor yoke colour, runny whites and even soft shelled eggs. Those who are breeding can experience poor fertility & hatchability or even weak chicks & off-spring.
With a heavy worm burden, your animals will also have a lowered immunity which can lead to numerous sicknesses and illnesses or even diseases which can be fatal.
The inability to absorb important nutrients, vitamins and minerals from their feed will also cause issues within your flock such as feather pecking – the list really can go on and on, but I won’t.
Just think about the above and if any of it rings a bell and you haven’t wormed, maybe you should. Or maybe you have and the treatment hasn’t worked?
Now, what to use? – I will start with the most common treatments. (Certainly not our favourite)
Added to your chooks drinking water at a rate of 1 mls per 9 kgs of body weight.
E.g Take 1 x average sized chicken like a Brown shaver? Weighing in at approx 2.5kgs.
If you have 3 x hens in your flock, only 1 mls of Aviverm is required to treat them all. 1 mls added to 1 litre of water (Based on approx 300mls per hen per day) should see them right for @ 8 hours.
It is recommended to remove all drinking water from your flock a couple of hours prior to your hens going to roost the night before - giving them the Aviverm treated water in the morning, this way your hens will all get a good even dose, as they will be thirsty. Make sure there is no other drinking water present before or during treatment. – A follow up treatment approx 10 days later is important, as this will get any eggs that have hatched & break the worms breeding cycle. Egg Withholding is 6 days after the last treatment.
Off the label products such as Ivermectin or Genesis etc;
These can only be prescribed by your local vet – Dosage rates will vary depended on the type of drench you are using – some of these are a poor on, some are oral – the important thing to know is how much to use and that there will be quite long withholding periods for eggs and meat. All of these drenches are designed for sheep and cattle, they are very big animals in comparison to our feathered friends. Withholding periods with beef for example is between 14 to 28 days after treatments – so you will be throwing a heck of a lot of eggs away if you choose this option. On the bright side, some of these types of drenches will also do external parasites such as lice and mite – personally, not our choice of drenches.
(Please note, we only use these product names simply as an example – there are many different brand names of cattle and sheep drenches – most of which have the same or similar purpose – Do Not use these products without seeking professional advice first)
Next is our personal favourite - The Stockmans Friend AHE – (And it’s all natural)
Having used Stockman’s Friend AHE and run our own tests within our poultry; we have found that the AHE product does in fact work as a natural alternative to using chemical drenches and worming products.
AHE has not been tested scientifically as a wormer, nor is AHE an “All In — All Out” wormer… BUT with Regular and Correct dosages of AHE, it will keep any worm infestation down to a good safe & manageable level — for most animals, not just poultry!
What we do love about AHE is its Natural, has healing abilities and also provides a good boost of vitamins, minerals and amino acids – so a fantastic all round health tonic.
Finally, we have saved the best for last... Organic BetaDrench
Fortunately, thanks to herbalist, Kate Fraser - we now have a genuine natural alternative drench and a clinically tested and proven one at that.
We are please to now stock BetaDrench - In developing this BioGro-certified drench, BetaVet used its extensive herbal knowledge plus worldwide scientific studies including Massey University trials.
Medicinal plants have been used to provide viable alternatives for reducing worm burdens. Controlled trials at Massey University using BetaDrench showed a significant reduction in faecal egg counts. The potent herbal formulation for controlling internal parasites comprises myrrh, wormwood, black walnut hulls and essential clove oil. The tasty formula is also beneficial for aiding digestion.
Dosage is as simple as adding to your chooks everyday drinking water.
E.g. Simply add 10mls to 1L drinking water - For best results, dose for 1-3 days as required. A follow-up dose two weeks later may be necessary for tail-enders (Break the worms breeding cycle)
The best part is there is absolutely NO withholding period for meat or eggs. Infact, by using BetaDrench, you will see a vast improvment in egg production, egg quality and hatchability in less than 2 weeks. Faster moulting times and recovery after moult. Better still - its not just for chooks - click here to see further details and dosage rates for other animals an livestock.
One last note - If your chooks are off the lay at the moment, bear in mind we are fast approaching the shortest day, its cooler now and your chooks are far less active, laying less or possibly not laying at all - so a good time to spoil them rotten and their housing too, to see them right through winter. A great time to thoroughly clean out their housing with Smite Professional and generous dusting with Smite Organic around the nooks and crannies. Check your hens for lice too – these pesky little critters thrive on your poultry over winter due to less dust bathing going on, so the lice tend to be harder to manage for your hens – we have plenty of Pestene Powder in stock, which is a great “Instant” treatment for feather lice – And don’t worry, Pestene doesn’t have any withholding periods for eggs either.
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