February 20, 2010 at 8:44 am #251479
I noticed these tiny white critters in one of my chicken’s poo the other day. I have since wormed them, but today there seems to be more in her poo. Does anyone know what they are and how I get rid of them please? They’re so short and stumpy that I wouldn’t have thought they were your typical worms, and if anything they remind me of tiny snails. They’re definitely in the poo as soon as it comes out. Thanks, Mel.February 20, 2010 at 8:47 am #454279
If it had been there a little while maybe maggots or flys eggs? Flys like chook poo to breed in sometimes.February 20, 2010 at 9:02 am #454280
Sorry, here’s a photo…hopefully…February 20, 2010 at 10:35 am #454281
Look like fly eggs but someone more knowledable will know for sure what they areFebruary 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm #454282
Oh, I’ll add that they actually move, kinda like a snail. They start off a little bit more hidden in the poo, and after a little moment they start to come out.February 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm #454283
How fresh were the droppings in the picture? They look like maggots to me. And some black ants seem to be having a go at them too. Nothing to worry about.February 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm #454284
i don’t have much to add except euuuuwwww.
sorry, not very helpful.
actually, if they were my chooks, i’d be putting a dash of apple cider vinegar in their drinking water. and then i’d take a sample to a vet.
good luck.February 20, 2010 at 11:45 pm #454285
that was my response too Kathy ewww 😆February 21, 2010 at 12:48 am #454286
That’s what it looked like as soon as it came out. Sorry about the euuwwwww factor! :rip: They don’t look like maggots to me as they move differently – they slide along instead of crawling. My chooks already have ACV and garlic in their drinking water. It’s all very strange. Also, it’s not in all of her droppings, just in some of them. My family thinks I’m a little weird as I follow this one chook around, checking out all of her poo as soon as she does them – she probably thinks I’m a bit of a stalker.February 21, 2010 at 1:09 am #454287
If she has live things in her poo as soon as it comes out, then whatever it is its not healthy. She could perhaps be flyblown!
See this link for more info: http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=8975February 21, 2010 at 2:43 am #454288
Never seen that before chickachicka, but I’ve never kept chickens, only ducks.
Here’s an interesting web page Poo – The Chicken Keeper’s Guide.
Nothing there like your Chicken poo, but maybe you could ask some questions over there too?February 21, 2010 at 2:44 am #454289
I am wondering if they still move since you wormed her as it may be dead lavre that she is expelling.February 21, 2010 at 4:25 am #454290
Doesn’t look like maggots, maggots get laid in little clumps and are like skinny bits of rice, they look very round. Is it possible they are the young of liver fluke snails? Is the chook acting normally?February 22, 2010 at 4:25 am #454291
could be tape worm end segments??? – these drop off the end of the tape worm and move about as if alive on there own once passed out in the poo – recently been doing a bit of a search on tape worms as we have had a bit of an unusuall run of them here- Hot and wet weather – unusually in the bottom end of vic – this is the first year we have had them.:@
if using ggarlic and vinegar as a worming agent – you need to give them a large dose over a number of days for it to be effective –
3tablespoons of dried garlic and 3 of vinegar per litre of water – remove all other non treated water – and give them this for 3 days then again 4 weeks later.
there is a comercail wormer availalbe non organic – Atrivol plus comes in tablet form and all intestinal worms within 24 hrs, withholding period – 14 days ( don’t eat the eggs for 14 days)
If it is tape worms – the chooks contract? them from eating the host species – worms snails and slugs, due to the hot wet weather the earth worms have been rampant out here.
if you suspect it is tape worm’s then worm all your livestock and pets as well as they can and will eat chook poo and therefor may have tape worms as well.
Gross storey – found out the hard way the chooks had tape worms – I returned some chooks that I was babysitting and as routine – any chooks that come into or out of the farm get wormed with atrivol plus
(only gaurentee they are nasty free)
few days latter friend called me and asked me what this huge ( 7cm) wiggly thing in an egg was, ( she had them in the incubator as she culdn’t eat them, and a couple wernt’ developing so she broke them open to see why) after googerling Discovered it was a tape worm that had been trying to evacuate the cjhook ( beacuse of the worming agent) and got caught up in the oviduct as the shell was being layed on an egg – very rare but does happen .:rip:
so in one way very lucky taht she found it before the chooks started mysteriously dying on me.:tup:
RoogzFebruary 22, 2010 at 5:05 am #454292
OMG roogz eeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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