Most chickens, turkeys and geese should be treated regularly against common poultry worms with poultry wormers. This can be achieved quite simply: many people keeping chickens on a small scale will be using Flubenvet® 1% to worm their chickens. This comes in a 60 gram pack that will treat around 20 chickens, dependant on the size of the birds. Geese can also be treated with a poultry wormer, such as Flubenvet®, as can turkeys – though a different dose rate may be required for different species of birds, so always check the on-pack instructions.
Photo above right: Large Roundworm Ascarida Galli blocking the intestines.
Flubenvet 1% is added to feed at a set dose rate, and thoroughly mixed into the feed. The medicated food is fed for 7 days and no other food is offered in that time. Make up enough food to feed the flock for the whole 7 days or mix batches through the week as required. Bigger birds eat more food and therefore consume a larger dose of poultry wormer.
It is generally advised that routine treatment for poultry worms should be carried out around four times a year. Birds kept in crowded conditions, where there is already a high worm burden in the environment, or where signs of worms have been seen, may need to be treated more often.
If poultry are not regularly treated for worms, the ground around them can become contaminated with parasitic worm eggs and larvae. This increases the chance of birds becoming infected and can result in them carrying higher worm burdens, potentially resulting in ill birds.
It is also advisable to treat poultry for worms when you acquire new birds or before putting the birds out to a new pasture, if they are not already free range. A vet or suitably qualified person (SQP) at an animal health merchant can provide advice about frequency of treatment using poultry wormer and treating active infections.
Flubenvet® 1% Medicated Premixture is produced from Flubenvet® 5% w/w Premix for Medicated Feeding Stuff which contains flubendazole 50 mg/g Vm number 00242/4056 Use medicines responsibly www.noah.co.uk/responsible. Advice of the use of this or alternative medicines should be sought from the medicine prescriber.