Is it common for free-ranging birds to be infected with parasites?
Are ranging flocks of poultry usually infested in·fest
tr.v. in·fest·ed, in·fest·ing, in·fests
1. To inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious: with internal parasites -- including tapeworms? When is treatment indicated? Specifically, how is tapeworm tapeworm, name for the parasitic flatworms forming the class Cestoda. All tapeworms spend the adult phase of their lives as parasites in the gut of a vertebrate animal (called the primary host). best treated? How are infestations of internal parasites minimized in ranging flocks? -- Maryland
Chickens running on the ground often have some internal parasites (worms). Many chickens live a long time with a mild infestation infestation /in·fes·ta·tion/ (-fes-ta´shun) parasitic attack or subsistence on the skin and/or its appendages, as by insects, mites, or ticks; sometimes used to denote parasitic invasion of the organs and tissues, as by helminths. of worms and appear to show few harmful effects. However, it's a sure bet that worms do them no good. Therefore, we suggest that pullets raised on the ground be wormed before coming into egg production and when we see evidence that they are infested with worms.
To minimize the chances for worm infestations, range chickens on ground that has not had chickens on it the previous year, and keep different ages of birds separated. Piperazine piperazine /pi·per·a·zine/ (-zen) an anthelmintic used against Ascaris lumbricoides and Enterobius vermicularis; used as the citrate salt.
n. in the water is a frequently used treatment for worms, but is not effective against tapeworms. This should be given twice about three weeks apart for roundworms, the most common worm.
Capillaria worms and cecal cecal /ce·cal/ (se´k'l)
1. ending in a blind passage.
2. pertaining to the cecum.
Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the cecum. worms are often treated with Hygromycin, and tapeworms with Butynorate. Tapeworms are usually not a big problem in Wisconsin, maybe more so in your area.