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Worming your hens

Keeping chickens is becoming increasingly popular and it’s immediately obvious to see why.  Chickens are incredibly entertaining and of course they also provide us with eggs.  Like all pets, Chickens need regular care and attention and this includes worming, which many overlook or may not even know is required.

Failure to worm your chickens on a regular basis, with an appropriate product, can have serious health implications for the birds in your flock.  Worm infestations can lead to all manner of health problems, all of which can be avoided with a regular worming regime and good practice.

Chickens ingest worms when feeding.  They can scratch up infected ground exposing eggs or larva, which are then eaten, and eat infected earthworms or other ‘hosts’ that act as vectors.  The two routes are known as ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ respectively.

Good husbandry can help to reduce such infestations.  Regular rotation of land on which birds are housed and feed will ensure that reinfestation is limited and infected land can be rested allowing eggs and larva to die off.  Regular cleaning of bedding and substrate in coops and runs will also remove and help to reduce the number of likely sources of infection.  

When it comes to choosing your wormer you may find that the market it awash with products that purport to kill 100% of worms.  Herbal products may help to reduce worm numbers but they are not entirely effective and certainly should not be relied upon.  Only one product is currently licensed for worming poultry in the UK and that is Flubenvet 1% wormer for poultry.  Flubenvet comes in a powder form and is mixed with your hens feed and is incredibly easy to use and very effective.  Simply follow the instructions that come with the product.  

If you are keeping hens in a permanent run or if they are allowed to free range in areas they have ranged on prior to treatment it is likely that the ground will be infected and that reinfestation will occur.  To help break the worm cycle you can worm your hens again three weeks after the initial 7 day course.  Simply complete the process of worming your hens again.  This coupled with regular cleaning and good management will optimise your worming regime.

Worm eggs are susceptible to the elements and changing seasons and as such fluctuations in temperature, drought, frost and UV rays from direct sunlight will all help to kill eggs.  With this is mind timing your worming regime to include this will increase effectiveness.  Worming your flock in Spring and Autumn will yield the best results and this is what we advise.

There is no withholding period for chickens producing eggs for human consumption if Flubenvet is used at the recommended doses but meat birds must not be slaughtered for human consumption during treatment and for seven days from the last treatment.