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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

so i have tryed chicks lots of times and im having a problem at about 3 months on about every batch chicks start getting weak then loose lots of weight and dieing this is of cource before i start deworming them. is it a worm problem? should i start dewormer earlier? if so what age? i never have this problem with my adult birds. plz help

post #2 of 9


It could be coccidiosis.... I would try putting cord in their water, it doesn't hurt them if they don't have it.  I will post some good URL's for dealing with coccidiosis

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1072273/white-watery-poop

 

There is a lot of good info on there^^ it ended up not being coccidiosis, but it has some really great info


Edited by beb444 - 2/23/16 at 5:42pm

The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

what is cord you said you would put it in there watter?

post #4 of 9

I'm sorry! I meant corid.  You can buy it at feed stores or amazon.  


Edited by beb444 - 2/23/16 at 5:47pm

The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

Reply
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

ok that makes more sence lol well next time i get chicks i will def put some in watter if they start loosing weight. also when should u first deworm chicken with safeguard?

post #6 of 9
Coccidiosis is obvious through blood in the poop. Corid creates a thiamine deficiency which causes the coccidiosis parasite to die. Corid should be mixed at the dosing rate on the package and provided as the only source of drinking fluid for a few days. You should see signs of improvement within a couple days and poo should be blood free after a few. If there is no blood in the poop it's unlikely to be coccidiosis. Also many brands of chick starter have a Corid type drug mixed in the feed. Check to make sure they aren't already eating medicated feed. If they have been this whole time it is extremely unlikely to be coccidiosis.
Edited by Woobsie - 2/23/16 at 7:48pm

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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post #7 of 9
Corid is available in store at Tractor Supply in a silver bag

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

Reply

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

Reply
post #8 of 9
Coccidiosis is obvious through blood in the poop. Corid creates a thiamine deficiency which causes the coccidiosis parasite to die. Corid should be mixed at the dosing rate on the package and provided as the only source of drinking fluid for a few days. You should see signs of improvement within a couple days and poo should be blood free after a few. If there is no blood in the poop it's unlikely to be coccidiosis. Also many brands of chick starter have a Corid type drug mixed in the feed. Check to make sure they aren't already eating medicated feed. If they have been this whole time it is extremely unlikely to be coccidiosis.

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

Reply

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

Reply
post #9 of 9
Lots to comment on her regarding Corid and coccidiosis...

1) Feeding medicated feed is no guarantee that your chicks won't get coccidiosis.
2) Not all chicks with coccidiosis will have bloody poop.
3) Sometmes bloody poop is not coccidiosis.
4) The Corid dose for chickens is *not* the same as the cattle dose. The correct dose is:

Severe outbreak dose is no less than 1.5 teaspoons per gallon for five days, then ~1/3 teaspoon per gallon for 7-14 days.

Moderate outbreak dose is no less than 3/4 teaspoons per gallon for five days, then ~1/3 teaspoon per gallon for 7-14 days.

Most people give the severe dose amount.

-Kathy
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