Checking the health of your flock regularly will give you peace of mind that your birds aren't carrying unwelcome parasite infections that will impact their health, while hopefully reducing the need for regular chemical treatments.
You can choose to test individual birds or a composite sample from groups that are housed together. We advise submitting one sample for every 10-15 birds if choosing this method.
We use the industry standard modified McMaster technique using a centrifuge to separate out any eggs as well as removing the sediment from the sample, making it much easier to identify them under the microscope – this method is far superior to a simple strained method.
When can a worm count be useful?
Choose a time to worm check when your chickens have not been recently wormed as a recent dose could give a false negative result.
- Test late in the year during or after the moult, so that you know your birds are going into the winter worm free.
- Test Jan-March ready for the breeding season or to ensure good egg production in Spring
- Test newly acquired stock
- Test an individual you are concerned about
- A general check during the laying season
Direct From the Lab
Order a pack through or secure online shop or call us on 01670 791994. Your pack will contain all you need to collect and send samples including a postage paid return envelope and pre- paid vouchers for the laboratory testing. Choose how many samples to submit and purchase the appropriate number of kits.
Purchase a Westgate Retail Pack
Available from all good feed merchants, Westgate worm count kits are also available in your local store in green shiny foil pouches. Naturally it’s the same award winning service that customers already know and trust, backed up with advice from experienced SQPs if you should require it.
Please note: we do not supply our service through any other manufacturer so make sure you ask for the Westgate Labs service by name!
Worm egg count kit to test for infection levels of avian parasites
Test kit includes everything you need to take and send a sample including pre-paid voucher(s) for laboratory testing and veterinary approved worming advice from our friendly team of qualified SQP's if required.
- £9.95 per sample
What will the test show?
- Coccidia Oocysts
- Capillaria eggs
- Ascaridia eggs (roundworms)
- Heterakis eggs
- Any other eggs seen in the sample