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I'm new here...a little backstory: last summer we moved into a new home and acquired 2 adult hens from the previous owner. One died about a week after we moved in and the other was fine...later the second was killed by a fox. We since purchased a few young pullets (10 weeks) and they are about 20 weeks now...we have secured the pen to prevent predators and they have been great.

One got sick about 2 months ago and died within 24 hours of me noticing her acting ill (lethargic, Ruffled, and off balance). I checked a fecal on them at that point and found roundworms and coccidia. I treated the 2 remaining hens with albon and fenbendazole and a fecal a week later was negative for parasites smile.png

About 3 days ago I noticed one hen was looking kind of hunched and had very Ruffled feathers...checked a fecal and there is coccidia today is day 3 of treating the water with Corid and she just seems to be getting weaker. I offered her scrambled eggs this morning but she wouldn't eat them. I'm so upset because I don't know if it's just the coccidia or if there is another issue. As I said I'm new to this but have been doing a lot of research and trying to do everything right but this is just turning into a nightmare.

Any help would be great...I really don't want to see another chicken die sad.png
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Welcome to BYC. Are you doing the fecal floats yourself or are they being done at the vet's? Most chickens will have coccidia in their droppings, but if there is an overload, they will become sick. 20 weeks seems a bit older to still be getting sick from cocci, though not impossible. Usually they start developing resistance between 11 and 20 weeks. Chronic coccidiosis can lead to necrotizing enteritis. There are a few diseases, such as Mareks and lymphoid leukosis that can cause decreased immunity to common diseases, wasting, and problems walking. First I would give some undiluted liquid Corid 2 drops 2-3 times a day orally, and make sure that she is drinking the medicated water or give it to her with a syringe. If you have the powder Corid, take 1.5 tsp and add it to 2 tsp or 10 ml of water, and mix well. I really hope that she starts to improve. I you should lose her, I would send her refrigerated body to your state vet for a necropsy. Here is a list of those:

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Thanks for your reply! I am a veterinary technician (I work with dogs and cats), so I ran the fecal myself at work.

I thought of mereks...especially since the first hen that died was older. But didn't have a necropsy done. I also work with a doctor who would necropsy her for me if she does die. Thanks for the dose of the oral doses, I had tried to find that and was unsuccessful!! I will try that now...
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Corid dosage for normal use is 2 tsp of the liquid Corid or 1.5 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5 days if they are drinking normally. In my previous post was how to give it extra to help boost the dose if they aren't drinking well. Good luck.

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