How can I tell if my chicken has worms? How do I prevent worms?
Chickens are susceptible to various species of worms in their intestines. All such worms lay microscopic eggs that are excreted by birds and chickens. Worms can easily infect birds and chickens, for example from contaminated excretions of wild birds or new chickens. For example, a pigeon drops poop near your chicken coop. This contaminated poop is then digested by insects such as beetles and snails. Chickens love eating insects. It is very likely that your chickens eat bugs that are carrying worm eggs.
Worms can infect chickens and birds all year round. In the summer months, the risk of worms is highest. This is because the eggs and larvae grow quicker in warm, most conditions.
Symptoms of worms in chickens
Worms are easily recognised in a poop test by a veterinarian. You can also check for symptoms to determine if your chickens may have worms:
- Chickens are losing weight
- Bloody diarrhoea
- Pale and/or dry combs
- Chickens puffing up while sitting
- Chickens may be less active
- Chickens stop laying eggs
Treating worms in chickens
Various products are available to treat worms in chickens. Please check whether or not the product you select allows you to eat the eggs during treatment. Does the instruction warn against eating the eggs? Then you probably selected a chemical drug. It is best to not apply such chemical drugs too often. Worms quickly become resistant to such drugs, and they will continue to infect the chicken unaffected.
You also have an option of natural treatment: Finendo+ Cox & Worm. This product can be administered by simply adding it to the drinking water. It is based on herbs and ethereal oils. A major benefit of natural treatments is that the worms do not develop resistance, and that it is safe to continue eating the eggs. Click here to view the product Finendo+ Cox & Worm.
Can you prevent worms?
A worm infection is generally not detected until it is too late. A worm infection slowly gets worse. Symptoms are not visible until the infection is significant. This is why we recommend preventive worm treatment for your chickens. Finendo+ Cox & Worm is very suitable for this purpose, as it is 100% natural.
You can take some additional measures to reduce the risk of worm infections:
- Keep the chicken coop and bedding dry
- Regularly change the bedding
- Give food in containers rather than sprinkling it on the ground
- Try to limit insects around the chicken coop
- Give your chickens a preventive dose of Finendo+ Cox & Worm.