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 the 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 found these 3 articles the most helpful. Using the information gathered here there and everywhere, I chose my treatment plan, which is detailed in article #1.

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.

#1 Dosages of the Good Stuff… for Chickens with Parasites | TBN Ranch
Natural remedies just don’t cut it in many cases, 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

#2 Ivermectin – For Worms, Lice & Mites | poultrykeeper.com
Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication, effective against most worms (not tapeworm), mites and some lice including scaly leg mite and northern fowl mite. Ivermectin pour-on / drops is applied to the skin… Continue Reading

#3 PARASITE CONTROL IN POULTRY | Dr   BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, MACVSc (Avian health)
Parasites of concern in poultry are roundworm, hairworm and tapeworm, Coccidia and lice and mites. Worms are extremely common, particularly in free-range poultry. Being a primary parasite, they drain the birds of nutrition, causing ill-thrift, a general failure to thrive, a vulnerability to other diseases, and, in severe infections, death. Continue Reading

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Dosages of the Good Stuff… for Chickens with Parasites, TBN Ranch

When you Need Real Help, Here’s the Article!
Warning: Don’t read if you’re into all that natural stuff.

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Natural remedies just don’t cut it in many cases, 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… drugs, chemicals, and whatever, as far as I’m concerned. I want fast, effective, and what’s readily available at most feed stores and/or online. Problem is how to use these products, because as you may already know, there’s not much information on dosages for chickens. It’s pretty much a guessing game. Also, good luck finding a veterinarian who knows.. or even has a slight clue about treating chickens. So, we do what we can to help our flocks, then we share information that may be helpful to other chicken keepers. Here’s my story to share…

MAJOR Feather Loss and the Use of Ivermectin
I spent two days looking for help on the dosage for Ivermectin to treat my flock for some sort of mite, internal parasite, or whatever, didn’t know. Topical applications weren’t working and natural treatments were a giant waste of time. In my opinion, this meant Ivermectin would be the best choice for treatment. Not surprised to find there was nothing on the label for treating chickens, only livestock.  Finally, I just took the word of a chicken keeper who was quite convincing that 4cc’s of injectable (not pour on) Ivermectin to a gallon of drinking water for 2 days would do the trick. Then, repeat treatment in 14 days. I followed her instructions to clean the coop thoroughly and then confine the birds with the treated water. I sprayed the coop first with Pyrethrin according to the label dilution for treating mites. Nasty stuff, but sorry folks, sometimes that’s what it takes.

Well, it worked. Nobody died, and I saw improvement over the next 3 days. Injectable Ivermectin (not pour on) is sold at Tractor Supply. Costs about $30. but it will keep a long time.
I’m not a vet, just saying it worked for me when I was desperate to find a solution to my flocks problem.  How long to withdraw from eating eggs? Don’t really know, but I will be throwing away eggs until treatment is over, and then wait another 30-45 days at least before consuming eggs.

Must Read Article
After the fact, I found this super helpful article. Looks like the real deal on parasite control, I recommend saving this article to your bookmarks! Real medications and dosages for chickens and parasites, AWESOME!

PARASITE CONTROL IN POULTRY

By Dr   BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, MACVSc (Avian health)

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Parasites of concern in poultry are roundworm, hairworm and tapeworm, Coccidia and lice and mites. Worms are extremely common, particularly in free-range poultry. Being a primary parasite, they drain the birds of nutrition, causing ill-thrift, a general failure to thrive, a vulnerability to other diseases, and, in severe infections, death. Both roundworm and hairworm have what is called a direct life cycle in that the eggs are passed in the droppings and after a period of time in the environment, become infective. New birds become infected by inadvertently eating these eggs while feeding, drinking or scratching around their yard. Once an egg is swallowed, it hatches and eventually matures into a new worm in the bird’s bowel. 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.

Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens | Good or Bad?

Well? Which is it? Is it a good idea to use DE to control parasites? Could it possibly be harmful to a chicken’s delicate respiratory system? Is it harmful to humans if inhaled? These are all valid questions, unfortunately controversies over the use of DE  are many.

I’ve done  a lot of research on the use of Diatomaceous Earth for managing parasites that effect good chicken health.  I picked two articles from who I consider reputable and knowledgeable chicken experts. Both are respected, but their very different opinions still leave me with the same question… Diatomaceous Earth, Good or Bad?

Both articles are well researched, both make sense.  Which one do you agree with?

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

The Chicken Chick®: Diatomaceous Earth, DE. The Benefit/Risk Analysis from The Experts
The Chicken Chick®: Diatomaceous Earth, DE. The Benefit/Risk Analysis from The Experts

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All about Diatomaceous Earth | Fresh Eggs Daily
All about Diatomaceous Earth – In your Coop, Garden and Home | Fresh Eggs Daily®

 

Ridding the Chickens of Hitchhikers

Well it’s my turn to deal with poultry mites!  This is a new problem for me, so after much research on how to rid my flock of parasites, this article by the Chicken Chick was the one I chose for my game plan. Great information and easy to follow instructions.

When I noticed one of my Silkies having feather loss, at first I just assumed she was molting. However, it was obvious after time passed that she was not following the ordinary sequence of feather loss. The tip off was her vent area looking irritated, which suggests she might have mites. Although I couldn’t really see any  signs of cooties, her feathers are dull, she’s feather pulling, and picking at herself.

Last night I treated all the birds, the coop, the coop area, and changed bedding. I was lucky, yesterday the temperature was only 100, at least I was able to work without sweating to death. Hopefully those 115 days are over now that we’re in the monsoon season.

The joys of chicken keeping isn’t always joy, sometimes we just have to accept the unpleasant stuff, take the good along with the bad, laugh, and sometimes even cry. It’s all a part of owning chickens!