When we think of internal and external parasite issues, often times we consider this an issue with our cattle or our dogs and cats. When thinking of these parasites, we cannot forget our chick flocks as well.
As with any species, parasites are a continuous threat to chickens. If not addressed, parasites can be life threatening. It is important to know what to look for and how to treat them.
Lice and mites are two common forms of external parasites found in chickens. Lice can spend their entire life cycle on a chicken. They eat feathers and dry skin. Mites, on the other hand, can be hard to detect. Not only do they live on the chicken and feed off of blood, tissue cells and feathers, they can be found in the coops on the floors, cracks and nests and can easily spread from one bird to another.
All Natural Poultry Protector is sprayed on your birds and premise to protect against mites, lice, fleas, and ticks. It is a non-toxic alternative to chemical treatments.
Elector PSP provides control against house flies, stable flies, darkling beetles, and hide beetles. It can also be used on chickens to protect against Northern Fowl mites and red chicken mites.
Tapeworms and roundworms are common internal parasites found in chicken flocks. These parasites can be hard to control as they are spread as the chickens scratch and eat bugs that are infected. Signs of internal parasites are diarrhea, poor appearance and declining egg production.
Wazine is used in drinking water for the removal of large roundworms from chickens and turkeys. Do not use Wazine in poultry producing eggs for human consumption.
Anytime you suspect something is off with your chickens, address the issue as soon as possible. Early detection, with anything, is the key to early prevention. Jacki