Friday, 15 May 2015

Worming Your Chickens - Flubenvet and Verm-X

Over the last few weeks we've had several phone calls from people asking about poultry worms and the best way to deal with them. It seems with the slightly wetter weather, the sun spending at least some of its time not behind a rain cloud and a warm breeze, everything is coming to life in the garden.

Flyte so Fancy Worming Your Chickens
Flubenvet 1%
Poultry worms should be treated as "one of those things" that can happen when you are keeping chickens. Poultry worms will of course affect the health of your bird, and you might witness them loosing weight due to the worm stealing all their nutrients, a drop in egg production or general listlessness.

If you suspect that your flock is suffering from worms then your first port of call should be a licensed wormer such as Flubenvet 1%. Flubenvet is a licensed product designed for the small poultry flock keeper. Available in a 60g pack, Flubenvet 1% will treat around twenty birds for a seven day period. It effectively kills all stages of worms common to poultry, and has the added advantage of suffering no egg withdrawal period, both during and after treatment.

Flubenvet can be prescribed by a vet or a specially qualified person so if you suspect that your girls have worms you should use Flubenvet straight away. Otherwise it can be a good idea to give your chickens a dose at the beginning of spring and then autumn to help kill off any worms your girls might have picked up. For more information on Flubenvet 1% CLICK HERE to view what PoultryKeeper.com have to say.
Flyte so Fancy Worming Prevention and Cure
Verm-X Herbal Remedies

There is also a herbal answer to the question of poultry worms, Verm-X for Poultry. As it contains no chemicals, it requires no license to be purchased and as such cannot label itself as a poultry "wormer". However, with continual use throughout the year, Verm-X helps promote a healthy gut inhospitable to poultry worms. As it is a 100% natural formula there is no egg withdrawal period and is merely applied to your hens feed or water for three days each month.

Verm-X comes in both a pellet form for adding to feed or a liquid supplement to put into drinkers. Both are equally effective, but I must admit a preference for the liquid version, as I never quite trust my greedy girls not to just eat around the Verm-X Pellets, in their quest to stuff their beaks.

If you are looking to worm as a treatment, then you will want to use Flubenvet 1% in the spring and autumn, however as a prevention, you could use the Verm-X on a monthly basis. A helpful addition to your shelf might also be a ground sanitising powder, perfect for killing off those worm eggs and larvae before they can become a problem.

For more information on identifying the most common worms to affect poultry have a look at our info page on Poultry Worms - Treat and Prevent. Or if you have a question why not leave a comment below or call 01300 345229 to speak to a member of our team.


Thanks for Reading
James




2 comments:

  1. Super informative post - we do just that: flubevet seasonally and Verm-X in between

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    1. It really does seem the best way to do it Carole

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