Wild birds, rodents, infected earthworms or just encountering some parasites from the dirt they scratch and peck around in, are just some of the ways chickens can contract internal parasites. While some people use commercial wormers, and will even tell you to do this once or twice a year, I don’t agree with this. First of all, unless you actually see worms in the chicken poop….yes, just take a good look at your chickens poops…or it’s confirmed by a vet, to me it’s not necessary to keep worming the chickens. The other issue is that once you’ve given commercial meds, you should definitely refrain from eating any of the eggs for a few weeks, since this is passed to the eggs as well.
There’s quite a list of natural wormers you can use. But the best thing that I find and have learned is that besides the obvious of keeping their quarters clean and safe, providing these natural products as part of a year round diet is a huge help in warding these nasties off.
Garlic for one is a wonder! Well I mean in our home garlic is a staple…and we devour it! Adding 2 to 3 crushed garlic cloves per gallon of water or even feeding it free choice a few times a week is a wonderful immune system booster along with combating worms and other parasites.
You can free feed chickens cucumbers, cantaloupe, squash, pumpkin or even watermelon. The seeds from these fruits are said to have a coating that works to paralyze worms.
Apple cider vinegar and garlic is a huge help in not only controlling parasites but warding off other health issues that could come their way!
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