How to deworm your chickens naturally?

Deworming your dog or cat is a common part of pet owners’ daily lives. Chickens also need regular worming, at least once a year, in order to stay healthy and continue to lay good eggs and produce happy chicks. What are the natural remedies for deworming chickens?
First of all, you need to recognize the presence of unwanted worms in your chicken coop. Then you need to act quickly and effectively to prevent your entire flock from being contaminated: by giving a natural dewormer and disinfecting the coop.

Knowing the symptoms of a worm-infested Chicken

When free-range and in direct contact with soil, grass, hay, and other farm animals, chickens can easily contract parasites such as red lice, a small blood-sucking acacarina, Cnemidocoptes Mutans, responsible for foot scab, and Cnemidocoptes Laevis, causing depluming scab. The presence of some harmful worms should worry you such as heterakis, roundworms, tapeworms, capillaries or red worms.

Keep a close eye on your Chicken and if she shows these warning signs, you should give her a dewormer as soon as possible:

  • Foamy or yellowish diarrhea indicates the presence of intestinal worms;
  • The discoloration of the crest or the crop proves that the parasite has begun its ravages;
  • Weight loss is not always visible to the naked eye because of the plumage. It is best to lift the bird or weigh it to see the obvious weight loss;
  • Apathy underlines a general state of fatigue that affects your chickens abnormally, which may start to shake or limp, for example;
  • Gasping in hot weather is normal, but when it occurs continuously, despite a cool climate;
  • Reduced egg laying is a natural phenomenon in aging hens, unlike young, vital laying hens that get sick from parasites.

Deworming your Chicken with natural solutions

To reduce the impact of parasites on your chickens, it is important to feed a healthy and balanced diet to boost their natural defenses. You will limit the deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, essential to the Chicken’s body. Think about food supplements, salt blocks and diatomaceous earth to avoid internal parasites.

Unlike chemical drugs, you can be sure that you can continue to consume your good organic eggs. For best results, alternate treatments so that parasites do not become habituated and more resistant.

These natural dewormers eradicate internal and external parasites, restore the proper intestinal function of your poultry and can be used up to three times a year.

Diatomaceous earth anti-parasite

Diatomaceous earth is the essential natural remedy against internal and external parasites. Indeed, the diatomaceous earth bath soothes and cleans deeply the plumage of your chickens. Combined with garlic or cider, it can be given in their feed as a cure. Just be sure to select a certified, non-calcined diatomaceous earth for feeding. Harmless to pets, this natural dewormer dehydrates most of the parasites and worms of your chickens.

  • As a curative treatment: Add 2 grams of powder to your Chicken’s feed once a day for 2 weeks;
  • As a preventive treatment: 1 gram of product per Chicken per day for the rest of the year.

Antibacterial cider vinegar

Unpasteurized cider vinegar has the particularity of being rich in vitamins and minerals. Its antiseptic and antibiotic action fights bacteria or germs infesting your Chicken. In the drinker, it enhances the acidity of the water and strengthens the resistant intestines of your Chicken.

  • As a cure: add vinegar to the diatomaceous earth treatment;
  • As a preventive treatment: 1 tablespoon in a liter of water twice a week.

Purifying garlic

Garlic cloves crushed in water or in the seeds perfectly strengthen the immune and respiratory system of your chickens. Its active ingredient, allicin, effectively fights intestinal worms (roundworms, tapeworms). Like garlic, herbs such as thyme, peppermint, fennel, anise, savory, tarragon, tansy, cabbage, pumpkin or squash seeds are also known to purge worms.

  • Preventive, non-curative treatment: 1 clove of garlic per Chicken + an infusion of garlic and thyme to be poured into the water trough.

Stop the proliferation of worms in the henhouse

The ideal is to maintain your hen house every day and to remove the droppings that accumulate at night. You can renew the hay, straw or hemp which you will lay out in thick layers on the floor of the henhouse in order to isolate it from the cold and the humidity. Every week, you should clean the perches, the feeder, the waterer, the dropping tray and all the accessories used by your chickens.

The wood of the coop should also be treated as it is absorbent. Finally, once a year or more if necessary, proceed to a total disinfection adapted to your chickens and their wooded habitat.

A high pressure cleaning or a water jet allows an easy cleaning without toxic substances.

As you can see, in order to successfully deworm your chickens, you must not neglect the hygiene of their coop. Opt for an easy cleaning without toxic substances with a high-pressure water jet, cleaning and disinfecting products that respect your hens in order to ecologically sanitize your flock, without harmful impact on nature.

It is urgent to deworm your chickens regularly, even if they are not affected. Chickens that are too infested with parasitic worms are doomed to die. If the first symptoms are alarming, such as loose stools and weight loss, you will know how to adopt the best dewormer for your Chicken.