Glad no bloody poop today. x2 on the coccidiosis! I bring my glasses and a flashlight for poop inspection every morning.
I haven't had loses in a few months now - knock wood. I attribute that to the toltrazuril, probiotics (I'm using Probios in their water), switching to deep litter (explain to me how having layers of dirty bedding helps, but it seems to - less dust maybe? reduces the flies, too - go figure), and moving the most susceptible off to their own grass pen. The weird thing is that fecal smears still showed coccidia when I last finished medicating them but they have been getting better since then. I did a necropsy on one bird that a possum killed. Her gut looked healthy. She had really long cecal pouches with enlarged ends - probably an after effect of the infection.
I'd think the grass would be OK if it hasn't had birds on in before/recently. There will likely be oocysts there but probably in low enough numbers for the chicks to fight it. I would take action before I saw bloody poop - if any birds look a little off or you see suspicious cecal poops (running or foamy). If you have a microscope, you can do a fecal smear to confirm. Kathy (CAsportpony) weighs hers on a schedule and intervenes if she sees slower growth or weight loss (at least for her peas). For me to weigh mine I'd have to put them in a sack.
Hope Ragnar is OK - he's a prince.
Thank you SO much. Actually, Ragnar survived Coccidia last year when he was a chick. He is good in every way!
I don't have a microscope, but I do have hemoccult cards and developer. I had another of those strange poops and it was gu+, but not strongly so. I am going to begin treating them. They got more kefir today. Since the toltrazuril suspension is all I have i am considering putting a few cc's in the food. Nobody looks puffed up, but I have good reason to be paranoid. These are Silverudd Blue and the line I got from Oregon have gotten coccidia both the other times I hatched them. I have them in a wire brooder 2 feet off the concrete. I wish I had gotten them on grass sooner, but my paranoia got the better of me. I did put my little Queen Silvia's on grass today and mixed up some kefir and toltrazuril feed for them. They are much hardier, in my experience, and hopefully can transition well.
I appreciate your input so very much! IDK how Kathy weighs them.
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