Whilst reading through the farming press recently I was very interested to read that MSD Animal Health has announced that, following a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP), the European Commission has granted the marketing authorization for the veterinary medicinal product PANACUR® AquaSol (fenbendazole 200 mg/mL) for use in chickens.
Currently there are various ‘gut conditioners’ on the market plus a number of natural preventative options that can help control the worm burden your flock might carry, but in terms of actual worming products the backyard keeper is limited to Flubenvet, hence the announcement catching my attention.
I’ve encountered PANACUR® before when used with pigs but what particularly attracted me to this as a possible alternative for chickens is that it is administered via water rather than through feed. Why is this an advantage? Many of my birds free range, particularly once the breeding season is over and consequently I can’t monitor precisely what they eat. Subsequently ensuring the right dosage of worming via feed can’t be guaranteed. However as there are no other sources of water other than that which I put out then in theory I should be able to ensure complete coverage of the flocks if I use a drinker based wormer.
I’ve contacted MSD Animal Health to enquire whether the wormer will be made available in quantities suitable for the small scale or backyard keeper and they have still to finalise the details. More information is gradually appearing as I was perhaps a bit quick off the mark in following up the announcement and a more thorough piece of coverage will appear in the next copy of Country Smallholding