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I am 98% sure my hen has cocci (have dealt with it a few times before). I got a fecal test at the vet and they said they couldn't find anything. She has bloody poo though so I have been putting Corrid in their water (2 tsp per gallon) but it doesn't seem to be helping and she's getting worse.

In the past I have always had to resort to Sulfadmethoxine powder because the Corrid never seems to clear it up completely (this is why I was hoping to get some Sulfa powder from the vet). They don't want to give me any but I have some from a few years ago and I am going to use it out of desperation. I believe it is 1 tsp per gallon.

My question is, if my hen is still alive tomorrow, how can I get her to drink the water? Can I put powder in a an empty pill capsule and give it to her that way? How much would I give??
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i don't know the concentration you'd need to use for a force feeding, but you can force her to drink by using a syringe and spraying the concentration in the back of her mouth.    good luck.

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How old is she? Did the vet check for worms? Capillary worms and enteritis can also cause blood in the droppings. Do you have any pictures of poops? Sulfadimethoxine  (Dimethox) is fequently found at feed stores without a prescription. Corid treat most strain s of coccidia while sulfa drugs including Sulfadimethoxine and Sulmet treat the 2 or 3 worst strains. As you point out, they have to drink the water to get the medicine. Undiluted medicine can be given a drop or two twice a day, but fluids need to be given with those. 

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She is about 9 months old. They checked for worms. This is an avian vet experienced in chickens, though the vet was out of town so one of the techs did the check (not sure if they always do). I'm in the city so I only have one feed store, I will check if they have the sulfadmethoxine but I don't recall seeing it there before, I've always had to get it from the vet. I guess I will try giving her some medicated water via a dropper and see if that helps, I'm always afraid I'll get it into her airway.
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She is about 9 months old. They checked for worms. This is an avian vet experienced in chickens, though the vet was out of town so one of the techs did the check (not sure if they always do). I'm in the city so I only have one feed store, I will check if they have the sulfadmethoxine but I don't recall seeing it there before, I've always had to get it from the vet. I guess I will try giving her some medicated water via a dropper and see if that helps, I'm always afraid I'll get it into her airway.
You can get most of those meds in the cattle section of feed stores and online from stores such as Jefferspets and many others by Googling the medicine.
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I googled it and everywhere I found it says "not available for purchase", etc, including JeffersPets: http://www.jefferspet.com/products/di-methox-soluble-powder-107gm  Maybe there is a shortage or something, not sure...

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Sulmet is very easy to find at feed stores, and is similar. I'm not sure why, but there does seem to be a problem finding sulfadimethoxine (Di-Methox, Albon)online. McMurray Hatchery used to sell it. Laws are always changing about purchasing antiobiotics in some states. Here are a couple of links I found for the powder and liquid, and you might have better luck at some feed stores that sell cattle products.

https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=30e078da-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5

https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=30e078e5-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5&sfb=1&itemguid=3269e398-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5&utm_content=21286&ccd=IFF003&mr:trackingCode=6E49C464-3C81-E211-BA78-001B21631C34&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&mr:ad=41692491523&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:tid=pla-86807480803&mr:ploc=1028357&mr:iloc=&mr:store=&mr:filter=86807480803&gclid=CjwKEAjw_ci3BRDSvfjortr--DQSJADU8f2jQoFTSiRpieP5VR-XjYwmLmvwmmw4jfusC0nUNTu9oxoClHTw_wcB

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I'll check it out, thanks @Eggcessive!

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