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On this topic it is down to personal feelings, the medicated route or the herbal route so I will leave it to the individual to decide.

Medicated - Flubenvet has the active ingredient Flubendazole, containing 6g flubendazole in a 240g tub (2.5% w/w flubendazole) & 60g flubendazole in a 2.4kg bag. This can be used every six months in the autumn and spring is recommended for seven days or some people use it 3 times a year. It is effective against gapeworm, large roundworm, caecal worm, hairworm and gizzard worm in chickens, turkeys, geese, partridges and pheasants. Activity includes adult worms, larvae and eggs.


a) Pheasants & partridges - 240g of Flubenvet Intermediate gamekeeper pack per 100kg of feed or 2.4kg Flubenvet per tonne of feed (60ppm). Treat for 7 consecutive days.

b) Chickens & Geese - 240g of Flubenvet Intermediate gamekeeper pack per 200kg of feed or 1.2kg Flubenvet per tonne of feed(30ppm). Treat for 7 consecutive days.

c) Turkeys - 240g of Flubenvet Intermediate gamekeeper pack per 300kg of feed or 800g Flubenvet per tonne of feed (20ppm). Treat for 7 consecutive days.

Treatment Frequency using Flubenvet Intermediate Game Keeper Pack:

On infected premises, treatment at 3 weekly intervals may be necessary to control worm infestations. With the Flubenvet Intermediate gamekeeper pack the required amount may be sprinkled onto the daily food rotation in a feed hopper or trough.

Precautions using Flubenvet Intermediate Game Keeper Pack:

Birds must not be slaughtered for human consumption during treatment. Chickens, turkeys, geese, pheasants and partridges may be slaughtered for human consumption only from 7 days form the end of treatment.

Turkeys, Geese, Pheasants and Partridges

Eggs must not be presented for human consumption during treatment. Eggs may be presented for human consumption only after 7 days from the end of treatment.


Eggs may be presented for human consumption during and after treatment when dosed at the rate 30ppm in feed i.e. 240g Flubenvet per 200kg of feed or 1.2kg Flubenvet per tonne of feed.

For animal treatment only, keep out of reach of children.

Pharmaceutical Precautions using Flubenvet Intermediate Game Keeper Pack:

Flubenvet Intermediate Game Keeper Pack should be stored in tightly closed original container below 25 degrees C. The product will remain stable in finished feed for 2 months.



This is for food producing animals.

POM-VPS and NFA-VPS can actually be prescribed by vets or pharmacists or suitably qualified persons. (SQP is a holder of an AMTRA certificate. Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority)

To make it simpler for smaller numbers of hens I use a 2ltr ice cream tub and add 1/2 teaspoon full to it with a little water to get the powder to adhere to the pellets


Be Safe - Keep it Natural. This is what Verm-X say:

The development of Verm-X was started by contacting the Association of Medicinal Herbalists and requesting the name of the person who was the best in this field - this led to our association with the then President of the Association Trudy Norris NIMH. Trudy is a world renowned and highly respected herbal practitioner and we asked her to create the formulations for Verm-X based on her expert understanding of herbs. Trudy, along with many herbalists, has been using herbs for a long time for repelling parasites in humans, it was therefore a natural progression for her to develop a safe and effective blend for animals.

Verm-X was first introduced for Horses and subsequently, due to pet owners requests, we have had Verm-X developed for Poultry and Dogs.

The herbs included in Verm-X have been carefully blended together to work synergistically with each other. Independent trials have proven that the herbal blend works (i.e. repels parasites). There have also been several reports from horse owners that their horses looked ‘extremely well’ following feeding on Verm-X. Jenny Franklin from Chapel en le Frith in Derbyshire wrote in to say: “What an amazing difference in Sam (her horse), his coat became so silky, very large dapples have appeared on his rump, and his belly has become a nice barrel shape”.

In November 2004 the Government supported Green Apple Awards, recognising world wide associations for Enviromental Best Practice, awarded Verm-X for their work and success in bringing a natural product into a tradionally chemical and man-made market.

Philip Ghazala of Verm-X acknowledges that there is a place for Verm-X in today’s equine healthcare management. “We have found that Verm-X has been adopted by horse and pet owners for many different reasons. Some people for example David Morley, Chairman of Pony Welfare at Hurlingham Polo Association, uses the gentle action of Verm-X for peak competition season; other people have boughtVerm-X because they keep their horses on organic farms where they are simply not allowed to use chemicals. Another group of people are fans of Verm-X because they refuse to use chemicals. It is not unusual for us to receive calls from horse owners who haven’t put chemicals into their horses, for 3, 4 or 5 years and are delighted that an effective herbal alternative has been made available.”

Another key reason for pet owners to consider Verm-X is because it has a gentler action and doesn’t disrupt the existing essential flora in the gut.

Herbs have a very important place in the market for all species. They have earned that place by being used by many civilisations effectively over the centuries. It is therefore right that the consumer should have a natural alternative in today’s man-made world if they so wish.

Whether you have a horse, a flock of prized birds or your best freind is your dog use Verm-X, the kindest and safest way to control internal parasites.

Verm-X has an advantage over chemical based products in that if you are growing your birds for your dinner table there is no withdrawal period after using Verm-X prior to eating.

Verm-X for Poultry has been developed to be specifically administered in the drinking water - it is a liquid product that mixes quickly and evenly in water feeders.

Simply add 1.5 ml per bird to their water - calibrated dispensing applicater supplied with every bottle - (disallowing any other drinking water) for 4 consecutive days - repeat every 6 weeks.

If you want to know more go to the Verm-X section on this site.

Diatomaceaous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring substance comprised of the fossilized remains of diatoms. Diatoms are microscopic sized hard shelled creatures found in both marine and fresh waters. The diatom shells are covered in sharp spines that make them dangerous to exoskeletal insects, but not to animals with internal skeletons. The spines of the diatom skeletons pierce the soft body tissues of insects between their hard exoskeletal plates and it is through these numerous microscopic wounds that the insect loses bodily moisture to the point of desiccating and dying. Creatures with internal skeletons such as humans, cattle and pets have means of resisting such damage and are not harmed. Thus, it is possible to mix a small amount of DE into your stored grains and beans to deter insect infestations without having to remove the dust again before you consume them. Diatomaceous earth works in a purely physical and not chemical manner and thus has no chemical toxicity.

Diatomaceaous Earth

I can't remember where I came across this but here is another recommendation

5 lbs mixed with 1 lb of Pyrethium flower powder makes a good dust for pet, chickens or gardens. Or alternatively DE,wormwood powder and powdered tobacco (not quite sure where you would get that)

I have also heard of oregano being good for repelling worms
A simple measure of Flubenvet for only a few birds is half a level teaspoon of Flubenvet to 1kg is roughly correct

Someone else posted

Dose for chickens is 1 level teaspoon in 5kg feed

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