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Gape worms

Could anyone tell me how Gapeworms affect chickens? And how you can spot Gapeworms?
Thanks
Carter

craigmartin
Friday, November 26th, 2021

Gapeworms live in the throat. As the name sujests the birds gag for breath.
The best way to remove them is with a long stock of grass.
Hold the birds mouth open as far as possible and you will see the worm on the throat/wind pipe, gently tickle it of.

Desy
Saturday, November 27th, 2021

Does that really work? Wouldn't the worms just come right back? And if chickens get gapeworms, don't they get lots? Is the best thing to do, really to go through every chicken going that?
Just wondering how this works.
Thanks

craigmartin
Saturday, November 27th, 2021

Yes 100%. Birds get gape worms from running through and eating long grass.
No they don't get loads, if they did they would sufocate.
I explained how it works.

Desy
Saturday, November 27th, 2021

Thankyou for that Desy. Following this sentence I have pasted in something I found and a link to where I found it.

Gapeworm can become so numerous they actually block the throat of an affected bird, stopping feed, water and eventually air from passing through, causing death.
https://thisnzlife.co.nz/signs-your-chickens-might-have-gape...

So I don't know what to think. Maybe this is just in extreme cases and it usually doesn't get this bad, I don't know.

craigmartin
Saturday, November 27th, 2021

Just dose them for it. Be gone in no time.

nedzer
Saturday, November 27th, 2021

What do you suggest that chickens with gapeworm be dosed with, nedzer?

craigmartin
Saturday, November 27th, 2021

This would be one of the more common wormers that is used to treat it

https://www.farmacy.co.uk/flubenvet-1-wormer-60g/p266

nedzer
Saturday, November 27th, 2021

This would be better and no egg withdrawal.
https://poultry-health.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product...

roostercroweburn
Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Ok. Thanks for that.

craigmartin
Monday, November 29th, 2021

15+ years ago my local vet sujested i use Cydectin for all my poultry.
I have never looked back and would not use anything else.
Lice, mite and red mite free since and never any sign of worms.
It is not licenced for poultry, but i would not go past it.
It needs to be kept in a glass jar.
I take a small jar and what i need for the amount of birds is dispensed from a large container.
Works out at about 8 pence per bird.
I treat all my stock young and old in October each year and with draw from eating any eggs for 7 days.

Desy
Monday, November 29th, 2021

Ok. So where can I get Cydectin. And when you say it works out to 8 pence per bird, I am assuming that you mean for that one dose and not per day the whole year through.

craigmartin
Monday, November 29th, 2021

And also, another question, how do you know that 7 days is long enough to wait before eating eggs after dosing?

craigmartin
Monday, November 29th, 2021

yes 8 pence 1 dose, vet told me!

Desy
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Ok. Great. Where can I get the stuff.

craigmartin
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Cydectin is a sheep wormer (moxidectin) and has a 14 day withdrawal for meat 5 for milk and after using it i wouldn't be collecting eggs for consumtion for a while.But anyway at your own risk
https://www.agridirect.ie/product/cydectin-sheep-drench

roostercroweburn
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

@Desy when you say, "vet told me," you mean that the vet told you to withdraw from eating the eggs for 7 days after dosing right?

craigmartin
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Yes, she did.

Desy
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021


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