When, Why and How to Deworm Chickens

When, Why and How to Deworm Chickens
Add to Favorites 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

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