Worm egg count test kits for game birds for effective worming strategies

Game Birds

Protect your game birds

The term game birds covers ducks, partridges, grouse and pheasants, among others.

Parasitic worms pose a significant threat to game birds. They are easily contracted and, if not effectively treated, can cause serious illness or death.

A WEC counts the parasite eggs in the bird’s faeces. It will help you accurately diagnose worms and identify the specific parasite.

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Effective worm control

WECs will help you:

  • Only treat your birds when necessary
  • Use a targeted treatment
  • Predict future heavy worm burdens
  • Monitor the effectiveness of your worm control programme
  • Slow the rate of anthelmintic resistance (AR)

The aim of effective worm control is to stop worms completing their lifecycle and prevent future contamination.

A WEC tells you about your bird’s parasite burden at a single point in time. However, the lifecycle of a worm includes several larval stages that do not show in WECs. So even if the test results show no evidence of active adult worms, your bird may still carry a worm burden.

Therefore, to build an accurate picture of your bird’s internal health, you should repeat the test regularly.

Effective worm control

The aim of effective worm control is to stop worms completing their lifecycle and prevent future contamination.

A WEC tells you about your horse’s parasite burden at a single point in time. However, the lifecycle of a worm includes several larval stages that do not show in WECs. So even if the test results show no evidence of active adult worms, your horse may still carry a worm burden.

Therefore, to build an accurate picture of your animal’s internal health, you should repeat the test regularly.

Worms commonly found in game birds

The parasites that affect game birds cause a drop in breeding success, reduced body mass, breast meat mass, cloacal fat in pheasants and reduced body condition in partridges. They can also be fatal.

Nematodes

Notes Nematodes of most concern include Ascaridia galli, Capillaria spp., Heterakis gallinarum and Syngamus trachea. Syngamus trachea infection associated with respiratory compromise hence its name the gape worm.
Most commonly affect Young birds in release pens.
Signs and symptoms Inactivity; loss of appetite; slow growth.
Can lead to May be fatal.
Control Anthelmintic treatment and management – relocating pens on to fresh ground where possible.

Cestodes

Notes Tapeworms of most concern are Davainea proglottina and Rallietina spp.
Most commonly affect Birds outside with access to intermediate hosts.
Signs and symptoms Weight loss; drop in egg production.
Can lead to Fatality in heavy infection.
Control Where feasible, prevent access to intermediate hosts.