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.

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About Flystrike, What it is, and Treatment

Exploring Flystrike in Rabbits, Chickens, Sheep and Cattle

Animals and flies seem to go hand in hand on a farm. So what is flystrike? If you have livestock, you most likely battle the common stable fly, and you’re always on the hunt for effective fly deterrent strategies… Read Article

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Coccidiosis In Chickens

Coccidiosis In Chickens: Transmission, Diagnosis, and Treatment

by Maurice Pitesky | Chicken Whisperer

As a poultry owner, understanding common diseases is an essential tool to prevent and treat outbreaks. Avian intestinal coccidiosis is a common protozoal gastrointestinal (GI) parasite that primarily affects young chickens. Clinical signs include mucus-like or bloody diarrhea, dehydration, anemia, listlessness, ruffled feathers, stunted growth, and death… CONTINUE READING

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!

Natural Treatment for Scaly Leg Mites on Chickens | Fresh Eggs Daily®

Source: Fresh Eggs Daily

The scales on the legs of healthy chickens are smooth and lie flat. If you notice the scales on your chicken’s legs starting to peel up, flake or look rough and uneven, she could be suffering from scaly leg mites… Read Article