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Blood in coop?

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Went outside this morning to check on my chicks (1 month old today) and noticed a spot of blood in the coop, I assume it was pooped out but it didn't appear to have any stool in it. My chicks were moved from their brooder into the coop on Saturday and a couple of them began eating some of the blue board insulation in the walls, which I covered up after I noticed them eating it. They were vaccinated for coccidiosis and Mareks at the hatchery, and I'm unable to tell which one the blood came from, they're all acting normal. Should I treat for cocci or do you think this could be from eating the insulation? Please advise
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That spot could have come from just about anything and given there was no stool with it to assume it was expelled that way and treat for a non-indicated issue would be impractical.  Even with no visible injuries on the birds bleeding wounds can have occurred - especially as the birds were just moved and are likely doing a little jostling as they settle on who is who in the new surroundings (moves can cause a shift in pecking order to take place) or even just general rough housing, etc. 
Until/unless you see more bleeding or other indications of a problem, I would let it be.

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Ok thank you, I will continue to monitor the situation...hopefully they'll all be alright when I get back home!
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