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Chicken Keeping Problems and Helpful Solutions

Lice and mites: These parasites can cause chickens to lose feathers and become more susceptible to illness. To treat lice and mites, you can use a poultry-specific insecticide or try natural remedies like diatomaceous earth or neem oil.

Coccidiosis: This is a parasitic disease that affects the intestines of chickens. Symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy. To treat coccidiosis, you can use a medicated feed or water additive that contains coccidiostats.

Worms: Chickens can become infected with various types of worms, including roundworms and tapeworms. Symptoms include weight loss, poor feathering, and a decrease in egg production. To treat worms, you can use a poultry-specific wormer or try natural remedies like garlic.

Egg binding: This occurs when a chicken is unable to lay an egg due to a physical blockage in the oviduct. To treat egg binding, you may need to gently massage the area around the vent or give the chicken a warm bath to help the egg pass. In severe cases, you may need to contact a veterinarian.

Frostbite: Chickens can develop frostbite on their combs and wattles in cold weather. To prevent frostbite, make sure chickens have access to a warm, draft-free coop. Applying Vaseline to wattles and fleshy appendages will help prevent frostbite. To treat frostbite, you can gently warm the affected area with a warm cloth and apply a moisturizing ointment.

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    Mites, Lice, and Worms… Using Ivermectin | TBN Ranch

    Chickens and Ivermectin | Uses & Dosing

    Overwhelmed with the controversial information on effectively treating chickens for parasites? I don’t blame you, been there! I have to admit, I’m not a fan of all the natural stuff, so if you are, the information in this article is probably not for you. Natural is okay for management purposes, but when there’s an infestation problem, I want super fast and effective results.

    Below are articles I found to be most helpful AND successful in treating my flock for mites, lice, or whatever they had… I’m still not actually sure. All I know is they are GONE. After much conflicting research, I chose my treatment plan, which is detailed in the first article listed below.
    Dosages of the Good Stuff… for Chickens with Parasites
    Natural remedies just don’t cut it in many cases, I tried them all and found them to be only minimally successful. If you have a real problem sometimes you just have to get out the big guns so to speak and use what works… Continue Reading
    Ivermectin – For Worms, Lice & Mites
    by poultrykeeper.com
    Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication, effective against most worms (not tapeworm), mites, and some lice including scaly leg mites and northern fowl mites. Ivermectin pour-on / drops are applied to the skin… Continue Reading

    The information given here should not be considered as professional advice. Where there is conflicting information, you should always follow the advice of your vet.

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