May 27, 2010 at 1:38 am #252299bushyMember
Question for those experienced poultry keepers (as opposed to my “got a few chooks approach” )
If I was starting from scratch (no pun intended) with new chookies, in an area not previously used for chooks, would incubator chickens remain worm free…..and possibly other communicable disease free ??
Thoughts greatly appreciated.May 27, 2010 at 3:40 am #466603HummerKeymaster
Hi there bushman.. :wave:
It is my understanding that there is most of those yummies in the dirt already. It takes certain situations (weather wise) to fire them up. This is certainly true with coccidiosis.
I also think that most critters are born with a certain amount of worms already in their system. The chicks would pick up some types of worms I would think, from eating snails & some insects too.. but don’t quote me on this 😉May 27, 2010 at 3:52 am #466604Ajays MumMember
I suspect wild birds would bring in undesirables as well,…June 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm #466605chookenMember
Bugs (crickets, worms etc) sometimes harbour worms at a different stage of the lifecycle. When a chook eats a bug they can pick up the larvae, which then develop into fully fledged worms.
However relying on commercial wormers makes us forget the husbandry practices that can keep worm infestations low. I recently had reason to dissect 2 unwormed laying birds, and neither had any sign of worms in the entire digestive tract. They were both ground-raised and in a tractor with frequent rotation. I think commercial wormers are over-sold, and I also think (after keeping sheep organically in a high rainfall zone) that good mineral supply helps.
Not everyone has the land to do these things, so that’s life. 🙂June 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm #466606porgeyMember
I agree with chooken in that good husbandry practices help. In our over medicated society (both human & animal) we have got into the habit of relying on a pill / treatment and what some (profit driven, bureaucrat enforced?) regulation insists on. Good natural nutrition, care & environment will always be better at providing a healthy chook with a strong immune system capable of resisting disease and infestation than some over sold lab based medication.
Having said that I still would use medication at a last resort if necessary. But knowing the natural methods of creating good healthy chooks and recognising the early signs of stress, disease & infestation and there treatments is preferable in mho than loading up chooks with often unnecessary & expensive medications just in case.
Some people go as far as letting there animals die a natural, but premature, death rather than resort to artificial treatments. I personally would not go this far but the wonders of being in tune with nature and the signs of health & disease can do wonders for both you and your chookens.
Best of luck with the chooksters and let nature create a healthy balance in there run. Cheers porgey.
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