HOW TO PREVENT WORMS’ INFESTATION IN POULTRY CHICKENS
Prevention they say is always better than cure in other words be proactive, vigilant, and observant. And always having close look at your birds at all times monitor their behavior i.e. feed consumption, their activities, etc so as to be able to detect any abnormal behavior.
The best way to prevent worms’ infestation in poultry chickens is to adhere to the following useful points:
By practicing routine deworming as mentioned above is one of the best ways to curb worms’ infestation in poultry chickens, most times it is already too late by the time you discover, worms have already infested your chickens.
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In combating Worms’ infestation in poultry chickens make sure you maintain dry and healthy litter especially when you practice a deep litter system because worms do well in moist and wet litter especially during the rainy season in West Africa and during summer in western countries.
Always keep your waterers and drinkers clean at all times, avoid the deposit or soaking of feed in your drinkers. If possible wash or rinse your drinkers twice a day to keep them clean and healthy for the chickens. This will help greatly in avoiding worms’ infestation in poultry chickens
Avoid Overcrowding: When you overstock your pen with a lot of chickens. It creates a stuffy environment, and if the environment is stuffy the litter will be overstretched and the moisture contents will also increase as a result of the stuffy environment. And this in turn may create an enabling environment for worms to emanate from the litter. This will definitely affect the chickens because most times they also feed on the litter and might easily get infested if there are worms in the litter. That is why it is very important to avoid overcrowding at all costs.
Worms’ infestation in poultry chickens can greatly be reduced by avoiding wild birds from gaining access to your chicken coop. They are also carriers of some of these parasitic worms that may cause harm to your birds. Apart from parasitic worms they also carry some deadly disease that may cause serious economic loss to your farm, always protects your farmhouse or chicken cage with wire.
Not only wild birds, birds like pigeons, you keep as pets at home should be separated from chickens or you should not allow the feces of pigeons near your chickens. Especially if you practice a free-range or deep litter system as mentioned above. i.e. insects and snails will feed on the feces of pigeons and chickens will in turn feed on these insects or snail that may harbor or carry worms they get from your pigeons, so you see is like a food web that transmits worms to chickens indirectly.