Originally Posted by mitch0275
And isnt cocci passed threw poop of infected birds? Breeding in wet grounds such as the wet grounds im having?
We know that birds build an immunity to cocci but does not mean that they will not have another flare if the conditions are right. They will be lifetime carriers.
Could it be that my birds are not getting a break from the cocci?
You mentioned clean soil. Any suggestions on how to clean my soil?
Besides sun and drought i know no way to clean protazoa from soil other than to use ultraviolet light (sun) and heat.
Im truely contemplating culling my whole flock. I am spending an arm and a leg in feed time and emotions with no results.
I'd cull those that are not thriving right now and that will eliminate a good bit of the problem. Cocci is present in all soils and in the intestines of all chickens, so poop or no poop, your birds are exposed to cocci...I'm thinking the excessively wet conditions has sent your normal numbers in the environment over the top. If you soil is over impacted, out of balance, and under wet conditions, the cocci that is present can go into overgrowth. It probably helps to have soil that has a healthy covering, good drainage and a healthy microbial life.
From everything I've ever read about coccidia, the only true way to prevent it ~naturally~is to have chickens with really good immune systems and good bowel cultures, low stocking rates so there isn't an overload of feces in the soil, healthy and well drained soils, and avoid feeding on the ground.
My very best defense against illness in the flock is dependence and trust in the Lord. I pray for my flock and place their ultimate health and well being in the hands of God and trust that He will take care of them and He does.
If you haven't already done so and you have a relationship with the Lord, you might want to pray for help.