A dewormer says she has noticed a new trend in the chicken industry: dewormings.
Dewormers and the people who do them say the process is simple and easy.
“It’s a quick, simple procedure to deworm your chickens,” said Wendy Miller, an assistant dewormor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan, and a member of the Canadian Association of Chicken Veterinarians.
“Most chickens will be put through a routine deworm, which is basically an antibiotic treatment.”
They are usually given an antibiotic injection at the tail end, so the tail and wings will be dewormed, and the whole thing is done under the hood.
“It’s one of the simplest deworm techniques in the world, but it doesn’t mean that all chickens are healthy, said Miller.”
Some chickens are a little more susceptible to infection, but most of the time they will be fine,” she said.”
If they have any infections at all, they’ll just be gone within 24 hours, which usually means they’re not going to be bothered.
“You just need to make sure that they are getting the right diet and water, and that they’re getting adequate exercise.”
Miller said that’s the best way to go about it.
“Deworming your chickens is one of those things that is really easy and easy to do, and it’s a lot less invasive than if you had to do it under the collar, or you have to get a deworm in the barn.”
Dewormings have become so popular among chicken farmers that there’s even a deworming competition among farmers.
Miller said she has a team of about 50 volunteers, who have to be able to complete all the tasks in a given week.
“We do a whole deworm every week, and if we don’t do it we get fined,” she explained.
“A couple of years ago, we had a team that was not able to do all of it in one week.”
DeWormers have had success with chickens that are susceptible to infections, and have helped some farmers get healthier.
Miller is now looking at getting her own team of dewormors.
“I have a few more people working with me, so I’ve been looking at what else I could do, to help me deworm my chickens.”
DeWolfers are a popular alternative to traditional dewormions, which are performed on a large scale.
“So, if you look at what we did for our birds, we were able to dewire all of the chicken, and then all of our chickens were healthy,” Miller said.