When, Why and How to Deworm Chickens

When, Why and How to Deworm Chickens
Most chickens have worms of one sort or another, and an otherwise healthy chicken can tolerate a modest worm load. A heavy worm load, however, can impair a chicken’s immune system, making the bird more susceptible to diseases. Likewise, illness or other stress impairs the chicken’s immune system, making the bird more susceptible to a heavy worm load. Here’s what you need to know about worms that can potentially parasitize your chickens and how to keep them at bay. The Nature of Worms A worm infestation differs from an infection caused by bacteria, fungi, protozoa or viruses, in that worms do not multiply inside a chicken’s body. Rather, a worm’s eggs or larvae are expelled in chicken poop. A chicken gets a worm by eating a worm egg or larva shed by a wormy chicken (or other bird), which then matures within the chicken. How serious a chicken’s worm load is therefore

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