Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cage Hens and internal parasites

Cage hens don't have access to their droppings so the cycle of parasitic worms is broken as the hen will need to consume the worm egg from it's own or another hens droppings for the parasitic worm to hatch in the gut and begin it's life cycle again. In nature a small group of jungle fowl range over a large area so worms are in low concentrations and tolerable.
Once confined for egg production the worm burden builds up and needs to be treated unless the hen is kept off the ground. Provided there is sufficient room to room around and socialize with their mates the hen seems to be happy and rewards the farmer with the highest egg laying rate of any production system.

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