INTERNAL GASTROINTESTINAL HELMINTHS (WORMS)
Internal gastrointestinal helminths (worms) are a costly global problem for all types of poultry production, capable of causing clinical disease, poor meat quality and other negative economic effects that severely erode the efficiency and profitability of meat and egg production.
Three types of internal worms inflict most of the damage in modern poultry production:
- Roundworms (Ascaridia galli) infect the lumen and walls of the small intestine and are by far the most common. They reduce productivity and may block the intestine in severe infections.
- Caecal worms (Heterakis gallinarum) live in the caecal lumen. Heterakis infection itself is not very severe but it may carry another parasite causing blackhead and resulting in high mortality.
- Hair worms (Capillaria spp.) infect the crop, the upper digestive tract or the intestine and although very small may cause diarrhoea, depression and wasting.
Speak to your vet about the worm treatment that contains fenbendazole and offers uniform dosing across your entire flock in a simple solution that’s easy to use and mix with drinking water.