Death to pests

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Poultry -

There are chem­i­cal treat­ments for get­ting rid of un­wanted ‘guests’ and most of them can de­stroy the in­vaders with a sin­gle treat­ment.

How­ever, there are also a few ways that in­volve read­ily avail­able nat­u­ral reme­dies you can grow, sprin­kle around in the coop or add to food or wa­ter which pro­vide an on­go­ing de­ter­rent. Th­ese nat­u­ral meth­ods are not as 100% ef­fec­tive as a spe­cific, over-the-counter chem­i­cal prod­uct would be and some do not really kill the pest in ques­tion, but their use helps to build a bird’s im­mune sys­tem to such a level that it can bet­ter with­stand a mild in­flux of par­a­sites with­out suf­fer­ing any ill ef­fects.

A chem­i­cal that wipes out a pop­u­la­tion of par­a­sites with one treat­ment is go­ing to be out of a bird’s sys­tem by the time the next chal­lenge ar­rives, so hav­ing your birds healthy and strong all the time us­ing on­go­ing nat­u­ral prod­ucts makes sense. There are some ex­cel­lent chem­i­cal worm­ers avail­able to buy, but most have an egg with­hold­ing pe­riod so the best strat­egy is to use them to give your flock a ‘clean out’ once or twice a year when the hens are not lay­ing (late win­ter, later sum­mer).

You may also need a spe­cific wormer for some types of par­a­sites, such as gape­worm, eg Flubenol or Aviverm (for large birds).

The most com­mon off-la­bel wormer is oral iver­mectin (Eprinex® pour-on for cat­tle), used at a rate of 0.1ml (1 drop) per kilo­gram of body­weight, placed on the bare skin un­derneath the wing. Note: this should not be fed to the bird, only ap­plied to the skin. If you’re won­der­ing about nat­u­ral op­tions to help sup­press in­ter­nal par­a­site pop­u­la­tions, there’s not a lot of sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion to go on.

Chopped green pump­kin seeds con­tain a chem­i­cal called cu­cur­bitacin which is said to af­fect in­ter­nal worm bur­dens.

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