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    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 12:16pm (Jun 17th 2009) edited
     
    Okay, it is very possibly me but I bought a tub of Flubenvet but cannot make head nor tail of the dosage instructions!

    It just says 6mgs per 2 litres of feed but surely that cannot mean per chicken? I have 3 birds and they only get through 1 litre of layers pellets a day, so do I only mix in 3mgs (so in effect they get 1mg each).

    Please can someone provide me with an idiot's guide to worming chickens!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 3:01pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    Do you have to worm them. Thats a new one to me..
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 3:31pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    This problem came up before on the forum.
    I think Red gave an answer.
    Come on Red, can you remember?
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 3:35pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    Yes red is the lady you need to talk to. vet red..
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 4:54pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: volka!

    Does it tell you how many birds that dosage is for? The problem with worming medication is that the doses are often for 100+ birds if it is used in the farming industry...I know when we worm the birds my dad has to do some crazy maths to calculate the correct dosage for 3 birds rather than 1000!!

    It's better to give them too little rather than too much :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 4:56pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: saraDo you have to worm them. Thats a new one to me..

    It's a good idea to worm them every now and then just as a precaution, but you don't have to. However, if you ever spot worms in their poop then a de-worming session is needed! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 5:01pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just done some quick research about Flubenvet and it seems that it is no different to any other wormer, in that it is mainly aimed at commercially reared poultry so it's not easy to work out the correct dosage for the backyard chicken keeper.

    Not sure if this will help, but stumbled across these dosage instructions aimed at people with a small number of chickens:

    "11.5gms Flubenvet per 9kilos of food (1 heaped teasp)
    5.75gms Flubenvet per 4.5kilos of food (1 level teasp)

    CAUTION IN THE MIXING

    Mix Flubenvet with a handfull of feed MIX VERY WELL then mix Flubenvet with 3 handsfulls of feed MIX VERY WELL then mix Flubenvet with a large container of feed MIX VERY WELL. MESSAGE - MIX VERY WELL!

    Then store in an airtight container and feed for 7 days."

    Hope this helps :001_smile:
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 8:23pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    wont they eat there worms before i get to see them?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 10:02pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    They don't eat their droppings - do they? Mine don't!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 10:37pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    mine dont either be a lot cheaper if they did mind
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 11:05pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    Thanks everyone. Sara - I was advised to worm the birds twice a year as they are allowed to roam free around the garden and back yard and we have a very large wildbird population where we are.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 11:08pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    Best to keep tabs on it as worms can debilitate the hens health same as cats and dogs.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 11:08pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: sarawont they eat there worms before i get to see them?

    Different type of worm, Sara. These are not earthworms but nasty parasite worms - you'll see them squirming around in their poop if you have an infestation, not nice! :ack2:

    Volka, we worm our chucks 1-2 times a year, and so far have had no problems with worms :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 11:11pm (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    mine get done as well. I am lucky as a farmer near us gives me enough feed for six hens with the medicine already mixed in so I only have to give them a handfull each
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2009 11:36am (Jun 18th 2009)
     
    Ok ill keep a look out for small worms in their poo. Ill go pet shot and ask about chicken worm stuff.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2009 3:03pm (Jun 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi Volka, you aren't really dosing the hens directly, you dose the feed to the correct amount and then the hens eat the treated feed for a week to ensure it goes through their system.

    The way I normally do it when the instructions are for huge flocks is divide it by a common number - eg if 50mg treats 100kg of food then 5mg treats 10kg of food...

    We use flubenvet occasionally to keep our hens nasty-free, and we always forget the dosing too!

    I use some old kitchen scales to measure the weight of feed needed into a sturdy bin bag, then sprinkle over the powder and give it a really good shake and mix, then just feed that to the hens for the next 7 days.

    It makes it slightly more difficult because you can't compare 5mg to say, a teaspoon, as ml does not equate to mg's... The only real way is to weigh it, but 6mgs is 0.000006 of a Kg (or 0.0002116 of an ounce!), so as you can see it's a tiny amount.

    I have to admit I just sprinkle a level teaspoon on - not very scientific but there you go :)
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2009 9:56pm (Jun 18th 2009)
     
    Hi Neil

    See, now that just makes so much more sense - ever fancied a job copywriting for the pharmaceutical industry? Guess I'm more used to simple things like one dog = one tablet, one cat = one tablet.

    Oh the joys of chicken keeping! :)