Chickens get parasites. This is a fact of chicken life. At some point, if you have chickens, you will need to de-worm them. Or, I suppose, pay someone to do it for you. However, it’s not very hard, and you can certainly do it yourself.
Now, it’s very important to de-worm your chickens on a day that is cold and wet and generally miserable. This will ensure that you are just as unhappy about the proceedings as the chickens. They will appreciate this.
1. The first step, the one that absolutely must not be skipped, is to make a drink to as your reward for going out in the rain to de-worm the chickens. You may substitute cookies or chocolate or your particular poison. Just do it first so you can have it right away when you’re done.
2. Corral your chickens. We tossed some chicken crack into the coop and trapped them in there when the greedy guts ran in there to eat it. Note that there are only three of four chickens in the coop. Nugget is a little too suspicious and so became our first victim participant.
3. Next, prepare your wormer. I got it from the vet. According to the instructions, draw up a dose into the syringe.
4. Grab your chicken and worm her. Pictured here, I am holding Nugget, but I would advise you to have another person hold your chicken.
Hold your syringe in your dominant hand and with your non-dominant hand, stick your thumb in the chicken’s beak and gently open the beak. The chicken will not enjoy this.
Once you have the beak open, stick the syringe in the side of the chicken’s beak and gently and slowly depress the plunger. Go slow so the chicken doesn’t aspirate on the wormer. The chicken will not enjoy this, either.
Toss your chicken back into the run with some crack, then rinse and repeat steps three and four with your other chickens.
5. When all of your chickens are done, try to get them to like you again by giving them more crack. They may or may not buy this peace offering.
And that’s it! Not so hard!
Don’t forget to wash your hands when you go back inside and have your drink. You’ve earned it!