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Yes, chickens do need to be dewormed periodically to maintain their health and prevent the spread of parasites to other birds or humans. Deworming can be done through the use of medication, either given orally or in feed, or through natural methods such as maintaining a clean coop and run, and allowing chickens to forage for food.
It's important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to deworming chickens. The frequency and method of deworming will depend on factors such as the size of your flock, their living conditions, and the prevalence of parasites in your area.
It's recommended to consult with a veterinarian who has experience with poultry to determine the best deworming schedule and method for your flock. They can also advise on signs to look out for and when to treat your birds.
In addition to deworming, it's important to maintain good biosecurity measures such as separating new birds before introducing them to the flock, keeping the coop clean, and avoiding overcrowding, to prevent the spread of parasites.