Worming time in the coup. So there is now a withholding on all eggs until at least Saturday next week, we are now on egg rations. Either of these products is what I use to treat worms:
The smaller bottle is Ivermec. Yep the cow pour on. No it is not organic, but it works on lice, mites and worms. I brought mine at Herriot House vet surgery, it is a bit expensive but it beats having lice. It can be added to the drinking water or onto the skin. I chose the skin as I know each bird is treated. The withholding period is at least 7 days for eggs. I have read about people not worrying about this. (there is 2 pages on this link) Note – you will need to speak to the Vet to get Ivermec to treat your flock, as it is treated as a prescription. Just ring the surgery first to see if they stock it. Be prepared to pay at least $15 for 5mls!
The other product is Piperazine Solution. It is added to the water. It is also for pigs! Piperzine only treats worms. At the time this was the only product our stock feed store had in. It has worked well for us. There is nil withholding period for eggs.
The girls also have cider vinegar in the water occasionally, it is a good tonic and garlic in their mash. I prefer to use the commercial products, as being in town we have alot of sparrows (last year the buggers nested in the roof and we had mites in the house! Most awful itchy things ever!) Hence I am concerned the chooks may get the mites too. And having read about some accounts of trying to get rid of mites and lice, I am happy with my choice.
Anyone care to share what they use to Worm their flock?