Flubenvet for chickens is one product that helps keep various worms away. It fights and attack worms and their eggs.
The modern backyard poultry market is ever growing but a lot of first time poultry owners do not know the simple preventative health routines that can evidently improve the wellbeing and health of their birds.
Worms do not always make their presence known and infection can be asymptomatic but worms can also affect yield and egg quality – smaller, paler, fewer, and worm-infested eggs can occur.
Affected poultry can suffer anaemia, ill living and even death. The non-specific nature of can make it difficult for newbie poultry farmers to notice.
Sources of infection
Embryonated worm eggs can fight off disinfectants and live for many years without you knowing.
Common Sources include:
- An already infected bird pooping thousands of worm eggs daily
- Contaminated litter material or soil
- An intermediate host (beetle, wild bird, or earthworm)
- Fomite transmission: equipment, footwear, or other animals.
Deep and fresh litter husbandry systems increase exposure to worms with parasites and may favour the survival of egg worms.
Active infections of the common worms affectingpoultry:
- Syngamus trachea(gapeworm)
- Heterakis(small roundworms) and
- Amidostomum anseris(gizzard worm) in geese need to be controlled through effective preventative and strategic de-worming programmes.
There is more information here on our page about worming poultry.
Flubenvet for Chickens
Before using Flubenvet 1% – 60g Packs For Worming Chickens
Before try Flubenvet for your birds, I would highly suggest you check to see whether using a worm count kit (which is very easy to use) will be better and faster.
As earlier stated, worms have built up resistance in other farm animals such as sheep. Unfortunately, the same is in the case if chickens.
If we over-use Flubendazole (which we will talk about later in the article) then we risk having resistant worms in the future.
In short, a small population of worms might survive the treatment and go on to produce future generations of worms with the same genetic traits. Just like we selected certain chickens based on genes over the years, we risk having resistant worms in the future.
So before you use Flubenvet, kindly consider checking whether it is necessary with a a worm-count kit.
You can carry out preventative health routines
At each treatment use Flubenvet® in feed for 7 days as directed:
- Ensure all new poultry are wormed before introducing to the flock
- Before introducing the flock to pasture
- The whole flock spring, summer and autumn as a preventive
Available in a 1% 60g pack sufficient to treat around 20 chickens
Random worming may not be effective because worm eggs in the environment are a source of ongoing infection for a number of years.
Take into account the pre-patent period of common poultry worms
- Rely on treating at intervals shorter than the prepatent period until infection pressure is reduced, as measured by a reduction in faecal eggs per gram (EPG) counts
- Once infection pressure is reduced, regular treatment will help keep the level of adult egg laying worms in the birds to a minimum.
Strategic de-worming when Using Flubenvet for Chickens
In the face of active infection, at each treatment administer Flubenvet® in feed:
Flubenvet® for the domestic poultry keeper:
- Created from a licensed formulation majorly for the smaller poultry farmer
- Can be supplied via oral prescription by a SQP, pharmacist, or Vet.
- Comes in a 60 g pack which can treat about 20 birds for a week(7 days) treatment period.
- Easy dosing using supplied scoop- just one 6g scoop treats 2 kg of food for chickens or geese, one 6 g scoop treats 3 kg of food for turkeys.
- Eliminates all stages of common poultry worms.
- Zero egg withdrawal during and after treatments for chickens.
Contra-indication, warnings and precautions:
Birds should not and must not be slaughtered for human consumption during treatment. Birds treated may be slaughtered for human consumption only after 7 days (a week) from the last treatment.
So, yeah the meat withdrawal time is 7 days. There is no really not withholding time for chickens producing eggs for human consumption when the product is used at the recommended administered rate; the egg withdrawal period id zero days.
Flubenvet for chickens is for animal treatment only and is to be supplied only on veterinary prescription – from your pharmacist, veterinarian or a suitable qualified person.
Also, keep this substance out of the reach of children. Keep in a tightly closed, original container below 25°C.
- The product is a powder and mixing it may cause dust.
- Ensure you prepare the product in a well-ventilated place
- Do not breathe in the dust.
- If you accidentally inhale the dust, quickly move to an outdoor area with fresh air.
- To prevent accidental inhalation, it is recommended you wear a disposable dust mask (that conforms to European Standard EN149).
- Ingestion by humans a result of accidents should be avoided.
- Direct skin contact should be avoided. Wear impervious gloves when mixing and handling the product.
- If skin contact occurs, simply wash affected areas.
- Avoid direct skin contact. Wear impervious gloves when mixing and handling the product.
- Wash affected parts if skin contact occurs.
- Rinse immediately thoroughly with water If accidental eye contact occurs.
Empty containers of Flubenvet for chickens should be disposed of in the domestic refuse. Containers used should not be recycled.
For more information contact: Janssen Animal Health, 50-100 Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 4EG, UK. Tel 01494 567555 Fax 01494 567556.
EMail email@example.com Flubenvet 1 % Medicated Premixture is produced from Flubenvet Premix containing flubendazole 5% w/w Vm 00242/4056.
Now that we have looked at Flubenvet 1 for chickens, let’s take a look at Flubenvet 2 5 poultry wormer.
Flubenvet 2.5% Poultry Wormer
Flubenvet 2.5% poultry wormer is a feed supplement medicated to worm chickens, geese and turkeys.
Although lots of people use it in ducks, it is not licensed for use on them.
You can read more on worming chickens and other poultry here.
Flubenvet Intermediate (shown in the photo) is active against immature and mature nematodes (generally called worms) of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract.
There are 3 major worms that often affect chickens- these are tapeworms, gapeworms, and roundworms.
Birds who suffer from large worm infestations will look ruffled and their wattles and combs will go pale and they can look as if they have little or no flesh on the breast.
Another general sign of worms in chickens is a messy bottom. Flubenvet contains the active ingredient Flubendazole which basically has no adverse effect on egg laying or hatching.
It is the only licensed in feed wormer for chickens currently available in the UK. It is very effective and can stop short and long-term damage to your birds by large worm infestations.
Note: You need not withdraw eggs for consumption when it is given at the correct dose and it is simple to mix in chicken food.
Deworming Chickens Using Flubenvet for the Hobby Poultry Keeper
The newer Flubenvet 1% Premixture is more designed to suit hobby poultry keepers. It comes with a handy scoop for measuring out the correct quantity and a pack can treat about 20 chickens (large fowl).
We talked about Flubenvet 1 for chickens above, but you can click on the next link for separate information about Flubenvet 1% 60g tubs here.
It is better to purchase the 1% premixture unless you have a huge number of birds to treat as you don’t need the exact weighing scales to measure out the needed quantity of Flubenvet 2.5% intermediate.
Premixed Flubenvet with Layers Pellets is also available in certain places – quite simply a bag of Feed which is already mixed with Flubvenvet.
Want more information on Flubenvet for chicken? Continue reading….
Information before using Flubenvet
Before you use Flubenvet, I would highly advice you check to see whether using a worm count kit (which is very easy to use).
You must have heard about antibiotic resistance and resistance worms have built up in other domestic animals such as sheep over the past few years? Too bad the same is for chickens.
If we over-use Flubendazole (the active ingredient in Flubenvet) then we risk having resistant worms in the future.
In other words, a small group of worms might survive treatment and these go on to produce future generations of worms with the exact advanced genetic traits. In a similar pattern we have selected our chickens over the course of history to get our specific breeds; we are indirectly selecting worms that are resistant to the wormer!
So before you use make use of Flubenvet, please consider checking whether it is necessary with a worm-count kit.
Flubenvet key facts| Deworming Chickens
The information highlighted in this section applies to the 240 g tube of 2.5% pre-mixture (shown above right)although much of it is the same for the 1% premixture: It’s the dosage that makes them different because it is a different strength formulation.
Used to treat: Gapeworm, Large roundworm, hairworm, caecal worm, and gizzard worm in chickens, pheasants, geese, turkeys, and partridges.
Dosage: Geese and Chickens: 12g per 10kg of feed. Partridges and Pheasants: 24g per 10Kg of feed. Turkeys: 8g per 10Kg of feed.
Active ingredient: Flubendazole 2.5% (Various other pre-mixtures are also available with different quantities of Flubendazole such as Flubenvet 1% 60g packs).
Egg withdrawal for chickens: None at this rate.
Egg withdrawal for Turkey, Goose, Pheasant and Partridges Eggs: Must be withdrawn for the treatment period plus 7 days. I.e for 14 days.
Slaughtering for meat for human consumption: 7 days after the last treatment
Period of treatment: 7 days.
Category: POM-VPS (Prescription Only Medicine – Veterinarian, Pharmacist, Suitably Qualified Person)
Storage: In tightly closed original container below 25ºC and out of reach of children.
Common Flubenvet problems
A particular problem faced by lots of people is getting Flubenvet for chickens to stick to pelleted feeds when mixing.
The simple hack I use is this: I first mix the required quantity in a small amount of olive oil first before mixing the Flubenvet with the feed. This will stick to the pellets 100%. Ensure the pellets are well mixed afterwards.
Flubenvet can also be used to treat tapeworm if a vet prescribes it for your birds – commonly, they will advise 3 doses, 1 week apart ‘off label’ – which means that the vet needs to offer certain advice about the product not being specifically licensed for that purpose.
Any vet or person seeking further advice can call Janssen and get all the information they require about this (contact details at the end of this article).
Note: The advice given here is that of the author and should not be considered as professional advice. Where there is conflicting information, you should seek and follow the advice of your vet or professional qualified person.
For further information about Flubenvet, you can contact the makers: Elanco (Formerly Janssen Animal Health), 50-100 Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 4EG. Tel 01494 567555 Fax 01494 567556 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flubendazole For Chickens
Before you use any medication to worm your chickens, it is best to check if they need worming first using a Worm Count Kit like this one. This is a simple test where sample is sent off by post and the results are returned to you (usually by email) and will advise you whether or not you should worm your chickens.
So if you need to know how to worm chickens, we advise you continue reading.
In the United Kingdom, a product containing the anthelmintic (wormer) Flubendazole is currently the only licensed in feed product available for chickens. It is very effective at killing worms and their eggs.
Worms can cause some serious amount of damage to chickens and leas to different health problems. As a rule of thumb, if I have a sick hen or rooster, the first thing I consider is whether or not he/she/it was wormed recently before checking out other sicknesses because so many signs of illness can be clear indicators that your bird is worm infested.
The Direct Life Cycle
Worms lay thousands of eggs in a single day and these eggs are not always visible in faeces. Eggs then either get swallowed by birds eating from the ground, scratching around the floor, or in their litter when housed or are eaten by earthworms or other hosts and passed on to your birds when they themselves get eaten (i.e. indirectly picked up).
These two types of infection are also known as the ‘Direct Life-cycle’ and the ‘Indirect Life-cycle’ and can be understood better from the diagrams show that are kindly supplied by Elanco (formerly Janssen Animal Health) where two examples of direct infection and one indirect are shown.
The Indirect Cycle
Worm eggs are killed by drought, heat, a hard frost and UV from direct sunlight. Knowing this, I keep grass short in runs over the hotter summer months where my hens graze so that worm eggs can be destroyed.
During the colder winter months or below 10 degrees Centigrade. Worm eggs cannot mature and therefore cannot become infectious so I test my hens with a worm count kit and worm if I see the need to in the Autumn as the temperature gradually drops and in the Spring when worms become active again.
This product containing Flubendazole for chickens is very effective and after the recommended 7 day treatment, chickens are free of eggs and worms. One thing to have at the back of your mind is that thousands of eggs deposited through droppings (or coughed up in the case of Gape Worm) are still present in the environment even if you can’t see them so if the worm infestation is bad, you will need to repeat treatment after 3 weeks to break the cycle before the newly acquired worms (picked up from the eggs) have a chance to mature and lay eggs themselves.
The withdrawal period stated on the tub is nil for eggs from laying hens. That means that you can continue to eat eggs whilst your chickens are being wormed. I’m sure you won’t be eating your hens but they must not be slaughtered for human consumption during treatment.
Treated poultry may only be slaughtered only after 7 days from the last treatment.
Where to buy
If your flock is small, there is a 60g pack sufficient to treat around 20 large chickens. Along with this comes a handy little measuring scoop so that you can get the quantity right.
One 6 g scoop treats 2 kg of food for chickens. This is the simplest and easiest way to worm and if you mix it as I advised earlier with a little oil, you can be sure your chooks are getting the exact amount their body need. There is also a 240g tub or gamekeeper pack which is more suited to 50 birds or more and lasts longer.
Because of the strict regulations and a license that sellers need to hold (costing over £600, both of these products are becoming harder and harder to buy.
This product with Flubendazole can also be bought pre-mixed in layers pellets on websites such as Amazon in 5 or 20Kg bags which is handy if you don’t want to mix it yourself.
The tight “regulations” are forcing people to go to their vets pr other suitably qualified people yet they are being offered other large animal wormers containing Ivermectin instead that are often bought in large packs of ruse on farm animals.
These have not yet been tested on chickens and as such your vet will advise anything from a 7 to 30 day withdrawal periods for eggs and although this is perfectly legal, my personal opinion is that this is wrong when there is a tested product available.
How I mix this product containing Flubendazole | How to Worm Chicken
Adding the ‘paste’ to the layers pellets before mixing well
If you purchased the tub or pack then it will come as a powder that must be mixed with your chickens feed.
To make sure this stick to layer pellets, mix it in a small tub with a little Olive or Cod Liver Oil. The “paste” that this makes can then be poured over the right amount of (weighed) pellets in a bucket and mixed well.
Yes! It will stick to the pellets and will not fall to the bottom of the bucket like some of the powder would without the oil.
Make sure you wear disposable gloves for safety and follow the “operator warnings” given by the manufacturer. Kindly dispose of empty containers in the domestic refuse. Used containers should not be recycled.
Of course, Pre-mixed layers pellets are simpler and layers feed lasts for around 6-8 months before beginning to spoil so you can use it for further treatments during this period.
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How often Should You Worm Your Chickens
Check your chickens for worms using a worm count kit twice per year as a preventative measure. Following the results, you can then worm if needed but you should also worm new birds that you add to your already existing flock.
You can rotate the runs your birds use so there is no build-up of worms. I suggest you check for worms every 3 months if your birds are on the same ground continuously.
Between times, I sometimes make use of Verm-X and Apple Cider Vinegar to help bring worm numbers to a minimal as well as keeping the grass short in the summer months to allow UV from the sun to utterly destroy worm eggs.
Conclusion on Flubenvet for Chickens
Now that you know how important Flubenvet for chickens is, we hope you get some and worm your birds soon!
In case, you have questions on how to worm chicken using Flubenvet for chickens, kindly use the comment section below or seek your vet attention.