When you think about worming animals it conjures up images of taking them to the vets or battles to get them to swallow a tablet.
But when it comes to worming chickens there’s a much easier way to do it, which just involves changing their normal feed for a medicated feed for one week.
Worms and other parasites are a potential problem for all chicken keepers, so it’s important to make sure they’re fully protected against them.
The best type of wormer to make sure your chickens are protected from the majority of internal parasites is one called Flubenvet.
I use this wormer on my own flock and it’s effective against the main parasites which chickens can pick up from grazing for live foods and scratching in soil.
Read on to find out more about Flubenvet, how you can easily give your chickens the correct dose along with more answers to faqs on this topic.
What is Flubenvet and Which Parasites Does it Prevent?
Flubenvet contains the ingredient Flubendazole which is effective in killing and preventing internal parasites for a period of time.
Flubenvet is safe for chickens and other poultry and it protects them against worms which affect the digestive system such as roundworm and tapeworm. It also protects against the potentially lethal gapeworm which is known to attach itself to chicken’s throats.
Of the wormers which are readily available for chickens, Flubenvet is the best when it comes to complete coverage.
How do you Give Flubenvet to Chickens?
Flubenvet is available to buy in powder form or as an additive to layers pellets.
Using Flubenvet layer pellets
Although slightly more expensive than the powder, the pellets are much easier to use along with making sure chickens get their full dose for optimum protection.
The pellets are given to chickens instead of their normal feed for a period of 7 days at a time and once the course is complete, they return back to their normal feed.
Using Flubenvet powder
If possible I would recommend using the pellets, but if you do want to use the powder I recommend coating the pellets with a teaspoon of vegetable-based oil to make the powder stick to the pellets.
Without any coating, the powder tends to go to the bottom of the feeder and is left uneaten, meaning the chickens don’t get their full dose.
How Often Should You Worm Chickens With Flubenvet?
When treating chickens with Flubenvet layer pellets, their normal food should be replaced with the wormer pellets for seven days every three to six months. Once the seven-day course is complete they return back to their normal feed.
If you’re using a different product such as powder, check the instructions on the individual packet to make sure you’re giving your chickens the right dose based on flock size.
Where to Buy Chicken Dewormer
Flubenvet Pellets are not available in the US Amazon Store. If you were in the UK you can buy online from Amazon (click on the image to go directly to the relevant page). For US customers, checkout the DeWormer by the Poultry
You might also find stock locally in larger pet or farm supply stores.
Make sure the package confirms the product has an additive of Flubenvet.
What size sack of Flubenvet pellets do you need
Flubenvet pellets are available at Amazon in either 5 or 20kg bags which usually have a short shelf life.
We recently wormed a flock of 8 chickens (including one rooster) and one 5kg sack lasted for 5 days of feeding twice a day, so we needed 2x 5kg but 20kg would have been far too much.
How Long Does Flubenvet Take to Work?
Flubenvet will get to work after a few days of starting the course and chickens will be fully protected by the end of the seven-day course if you’re using the pellet version.
If your chickens already have worms, it’s not unusual to see dead worms in their poo, so don’t be alarmed if you do see anything unusual after the chickens have completed their dose.
How to Make Sure Chickens Get Their Dose of Wormer
If you’re using the pellet version of Flubenvet its pretty easy to make sure chickens are getting their full dose as long as you see them all eating when you set their food down.
We’ve not experienced any issues when it comes to chickens not liking the food and they eat it just as they would normally.
Just to be on the safe side we feed our free-range chickens inside the run, just in case they decide to go wandering off without feeding. We also hold back on any other treats such as corn during the time to make sure they’re not filling up on anything else.
If you’re worried that your chickens might not be eating their feed then it’s a good idea to watch them for their first few feeds to make sure they’re all eating.
More FAQ’s About Fluvenbet
Yes, it’s safe to eat eggs which have been laid by chickens who are being treated with a Flubenvet wormer and you won’t see any difference in the quality of the eggs.
This article was first published on February 18, 2021 by Pentagon-Pets.
When you buy Flubenvet Pellets they generally have a short shelf life and will not last until the next dose is due. Any leftover pellets will need to be discarded so it’s a good idea to only buy the sack size you need.
You can feed chickens Flubenvet Layer Pellets once a chicken is over 18 weeks old and already on a diet of layer pellets. It’s important not to feed chickens under this age on layer feed as the high levels of calcium can damage their internal organs.
Yes, you can, providing the bird is over 18 weeks old and preferably already used to eating layer feed then it’s safe for roosters. If you don’t normally feed your rooster layers feed then you might want to consider using a Flubenvet powder with their usual feed instead.
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