These ideas seem to keep persisting across the internet and amongst those who want to try all natural remedies. These have been repeatedly tested by numerous poultry and veterinary people to see if the claims hold true.
So here's a basic test: Would you give yourself these same remedies to cure worms in your gut?
The answer is no, because depending on what type of worm you have you would need a specific or broad spectrum active medication. Medicating for Tape Worm is very different to medicating for Thread Worm. One will not work for the other.
All of these products are still great for poultry as a supplement, a reducer or a health tonic - each one has unique benefits but not for worming. The science just doesn't hold for worming.
Where did these ideas come from?
Let's blame the internet for this one. So many of these claims were taken out of context from lone bloggers and the myths grew. A suggested idea becomes another's claim which becomes a statement of fact and so the myths build. Everyone is hoping for a new alternative.
They may assist in some small way in LOWERING the level of worms in the gut, but once again, it does not act as a cure.
When I ask people who love natural remedies if they have ever had a stool (fecal) sample from their poultry tested, it is usually met with hostility and defensiveness rather than an honest answer in the negative. This subject seems to be fraught with emotionalism for some reason. Be brave, and try a test. It really is worth it for your hens' health if you stand opposed to modern day medical science medications. Its worthwhile for their health to investigate wisely.
To get your poultry poos tested for parasites:
Para-Site Diagnostic Services
PO Box 924
Benalla VIC 3671
PH: (03) 5766 4374
DOWNLOAD their PDF form here
Service for the count and identification of intestinal parasites of sheep, cattle, horses, goats, alpacas, pigs and poultry from anywhere in Australia. From one animal or more.
Call Para-Site Diagnostic Services for your free faecal submission kits.
The answer is that none of these will rid poultry of intestinal worms.They simply do not work.
No 'natural' wormer can act as a broad spectrum remedy.
In faecal samples, intestinal worms were found not be eradicated.
Please contact your local veterinary service or parasite diagnostic service if you have any concerns over these facts.
Testing will no doubt settle the issue in your own mind.
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How to Worm Chickens