INTERNAL PARASITES IN GAME FOWLS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TREATMENT

It is always wise to start treatment at the first sign or symptom of worm infestation. This way you do not only mitigate the effects of the disease on your game fowls, you also save yourself from undue anxiety and preventable expenses.

As a general rule, deworm once every 2 months as prevention; once or twice a month for treatment, depending on the severity of infestation.

Dewormers

Dewormers available in the market today come in different forms: liquid, powder, tablet, caplet, injectable and pour-on. Liquid and powder (mixed with drinking water) are usually given to chicks; tablet, caplet and injectable for older chickens; pour-on for young and old chickens. Some cockers opine that injectable forms and pour-ons are not that effective and they prefer the liquid and tablet/caplet forms. Well, to each his own.

It is not uncommon to find dewormers of whatever form with two or three active ingredients, and targeting two or more kinds of parasitic worms. As we all know our game fowls can have two or more different kinds of worms in their body all at the same time.

As mentioned in Part 2 of this article, dewormers must be rotated based on generics for more efficacious treatment as game fowls could develop tolerance for a particular dewormer.

Without mentioning any brand names, here’s the common treatment schedule for our flocks:

• PIPERAZINE CITRATE vs. Roundworms

For CHICKS IN RANGE aged 3 weeks, 2months, and 3 months
Mix 1-3 tsp. to 1 gallon of drinking water; give in 2 days.
Give once a month for range chickens, and once or twice a month for older chicks
For FIGHTING COCKS/LAYERS – 1 tsp per gallon of drinking water 2 consecutive days starting on 6 weeks of age. Repeat every 2 months.

• PRAZIQUANTEL + LEVAMISOLE Liquid vs. Tapeworms, Cecal worms, Gapeworms and Threadworms

For JUNIOR STAGS aged 4-5 months
Mix 2 tsp. per gallon of drinking water; give in 2 consecutive days
For MATURE STAGS – mix 3 tsp. in one gallon water and give every month
Caplet or capsule may also be given to mature stags and game fowls every month

• NICLOSAMIDE + LEVAMIZOLE vs. Roundworms, Capillary worms and Tapeworms

For GROWING FIGHTING COCKS – 1 tablet per 2 kg. body weight
For STAGS (7-11 months) – ½ tablet, two times a day
For MATURE COCKS (12 months and above) – 1 tablet per head

• TETRAHYDRO PHENYL IMIDAZO THIAZOLE vs. Eye Worm in Fighting Cocks

For FIGHTING COCKS – 2 drops per eye for heavy infestation of eye worm. Repeat after 2 weeks. For maintenance, 1 drop per month.
For CONDITIONING – 1 drop per eye 7 days before fight
For PREVENTION – 1 drop per eye per month

Picked up this tip at a cocking seminar:

When  giving a tablet or caplet to your game fowl, do not break it in half as the protective covering will be broken and the tablet or caplet will not be swallowed smoothly by the rooster.

Going natural
When there are many gamebirds in the flock that are infested with worms the peso-wise cocker who finds dewormers a little pricey sometimes turns to ethnobotanicals as a cheaper alternative to commercial dewormers.

For example, I know several backyard breeders who give their gamebirds crushed or powdered betel nut or ‘nganga’  once every two months to deworm; they give a small amount (the size of two peas) to their roosters; and one pea-size for chicks.

Others use dried ipil-ipil seeds crushed to a mash to eliminate roundworms and tapeworms – 2 grams  per kilogram body weight, mixed with feed to be given in the morning. Repeat after 2 weeks, and every month thereafter. The glucoside mimosine present in ipil-ipil seeds prevents the bird’s DNA replication of roundworms.

There are also some backyard breeders who use papaya seeds to expel roundworms and they swear by it.

Well, as they say, different strokes for different folks. Whatever works for your game fowls…

That’s all for today. Watch out for the fourth and final part of this article soon. Only here on The Sabong Chronicles.

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