I am new to raising chickens. I have 6 different breeds of chickens and two guinea's. My birds seem to be loosing some weight I'm worried they may have worms. I have 7 hens that are laying eggs and don't know if I should give them deworming medication, especially since the bottle says not to give to laying hens if the eggs are for eating, which mine are, what steps should I take to keep my hens and their eggs healthy and safe to eat? Also I cracked open three eggs yesterday and found the yolks had small white like spots in them, what would cause this and are they safe to eat this way?
Boy, that is a tough one. I don`t know anyone on this forum that knows anything about chickens. There was a guy on here a while back named Belarus that raised organic stuff. Don`t know if he`s still around............ Maybe call local Vet.
Here`s a chicken chat group talking about worming chickens http://poultrycommunity.com/forum/showthread.php?10740-Chicken-Dewormer For a natural method you could try Diatomacious Earth, it has small crystals that doesn`t hurt animals but tears up the innards of worms.
Chickens go through a molt this time of year and will nearly stop laying for a couple of weeks or longer. They shed their feathers and go off feed. This is normal and they will soon recover. Talk to your feed supplier about a good balanced ration, they should have it in the bag. Don't know anything about the white spots.
Thank you for responding to my question. Do you happen to know where I can obtain Diatomacious Earth at? Also I appreciate the link to the other forum I will check it out. I really appreciate your response and thank you again.