Are there nat­u­ral worm­ers?

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Q

I’d like to use a nat­u­ral wormer for my poul­try. Will this be as ef­fec­tive and do you have any rec­om­men­da­tions?

A

Kim Stod­dart says: If any of your poul­try have a se­ri­ous worm in­fes­ta­tion then Fluben­vet is the only of­fi­cially li­censed prod­uct that is rec­om­mended by vets. How­ever Verm –X, con­tains herbs and in­gre­di­ents which pro­mote good in­testi­nal health on an on­go­ing ba­sis. There’s also di­atoma­ceous pow­der to con­sider. It can bought in bulk, sprin­kled on food and also used to pro­tect housing against red mite in­fes­ta­tion. A lit­tle ap­ple cider vine­gar added to drink­ing wa­ter is also ben­e­fi­cial as an im­mune sys­tem-boost­ing tonic.

An­other on­go­ing op­tion is to use ben­e­fi­cial herbs like thyme, mint, pars­ley, nas­tur­tium and oth­ers, ei­ther by hang­ing them to be pecked at, or by grow­ing some for nat­u­ral for­ag­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for your chick­ens, ducks, geese or tur­keys. Do­bies have re­cently launched a range of seeds with nat­u­ral poul­try health specif­i­cally in mind which are well worth a look.

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