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So many people have issues and ask questions about coccidiosis that I thought I would post this milk flush treatment that I cam across.  This is a treatment that a college agricultural dept. came up with.  You can break it down into a smaller portion but this is as it was listed.

4 pounds of dried milk
2 pounds of corn meal
2 pounds of oatmeal
1 pound of bran

Feed this for 3-5 days with no other feed except some greens.  The large amount of milk makes the chicks thirsty, causing them to drink.  The milk sugar will turn to acid in the stomach and the extra added water will flush out the system.

Maybe this will help some of you that has a hard time finding the corid/amprol in your area.

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post #2 of 38

From:  http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/coccidiosis.pdf

Natural Treatments
Keeping birds in general good health is
always important. Some small producers
provide raw milk, yogurt, apple cider
vinegar, or probiotics to birds, believing
that beneficial microbes will prevent or
treat coccidiosis. Actually, coccidia do not
compete with bacteria in the gut; therefore,
beneficial bacteria and other microbes
will not eliminate coccidial development.
However, anything that improves the overall
health of the gut and the bird can help
reduce the impact of coccidiosis. Also, a
population of beneficial bacteria is always
better than pathogenic bacteria, since coccidia
weaken the gut wall, and bacteria may
pass through. In short, feeding dairy products
or probiotics will not stop the coccidia
through competitive exclusion but does
provide nutrients or beneficial bacteria that
are useful in any situation.
Producers sometimes give diatomaceous
earth (DE) to the birds in the belief that the
sharp edges of the fossilized diatoms will
damage the parasites and reduce coccidiosis;
however, there is no scientific data to
support its use.

Drugs
Drugs are used for two different purposes:
To prevent illness
To treat illness
Although a producer may depend on management
for coccidiosis control, a drug such
as amprolium is useful for rescue treatment
in the case of an outbreak. There is no
need to destroy infected birds; they can be
treated. In large houses, it is necessary to
routinely use drugs or vaccines because of
the high density of birds.
Types of Drugs
Sulfa drugs: An exciting discovery
in the 1930s was that sulfa drugs
would prevent coccidiosisthe first
drugs shown to do so. Sulfa drugs
also have some antibacterial action.
However, a relatively large amount
of sulfa was needed (10-20 percent
of the diet) and could be tolerated
by the bird for only a short time,
since it caused rickets. (Reid, 1990)
Sulfa drugs had to be used intermittently
(e.g., three days on and three
days off). Nowadays, comparatively
small amounts of sulfamonaides,
such as sulfaquinoxaline, are
used. They work only against
Eimeria acervulina and Eimeria
maxima, not against Eimeria
tenella. Sulfamonaides are used to
treat coccidiosis.
Amprolium: Amprolium is an anticoccidial
drug. It has also been
used for many years and needs no
withdrawal time to guard against
residue in the meat. It is given in
the drinking water and interferes
with metabolism of the vitamin thiamin
(vitamin B1) in coccidia. Amprolium
treats both intestinal and
cecal coccidia.


Edited by cmom - 5/22/09 at 2:21pm

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post #3 of 38
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Originally Posted by Featherfoot2 

So many people have issues and ask questions about coccidiosis that I thought I would post this milk flush treatment that I cam across.  This is a treatment that a college agricultural dept. came up with.  You can break it down into a smaller portion but this is as it was listed.

4 pounds of dried milk
2 pounds of corn meal
2 pounds of oatmeal
1 pound of bran

Feed this for 3-5 days with no other feed except some greens.  The large amount of milk makes the chicks thirsty, causing them to drink.  The milk sugar will turn to acid in the stomach and the extra added water will flush out the system.

Maybe this will help some of you that has a hard time finding the corid/amprol in your area.


A friend just sent me an SOS re: her sick hen and not being able to find corid/amprol. I'm sending her this info, thanks!

post #4 of 38

Thankyou so much for this important information, I'm hoping that I won't ever need it but it's nice to have handy! It looks like you have already helped someone with this! thumbsup

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post #5 of 38

this came up when I went on
BYCsearch and put in
posts on coccidiosis

I never had known this

the flush part must be the reaction of the milk in the gut of the chickens

thus is why I tell folks when having a chicken
that needs help especially gut problems
and any thing with manure problems to feed the wet mash probiotics
that I have used so many times

1 qt of dry feed crumbles
1-1/2 qt of any kind of milk
sour milk works good as it is more acidy than sweet
1/2 cup of yoguart
mix good and feed
chicks 2 tsp per time
adults 3 tbsp per time

very healthy for chickens
e,ail me with any questions

Glenda L Heywood Brookings SD
frizzlebird7@yahoo.com
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post #6 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenda L Heywood 

the flush part must be the reaction of the milk in the gut of the chickens


Yes, chickens like other birds lack the enzymes necessary to digest lactose, so milk in any significant quantity gives them the runs.

Interestingly, lactose gets converted to a different, digestible form in yogurt and cheese, so these products aren't a problem for chickens.


http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/dairy.html

post #7 of 38

Has anyone tried the "milk flush" as a treatment for cocci and was it successful?

post #8 of 38

I just had to purchase Amprol and I found it on First Vet supply.  This is an online store.  It runs about $16.00 liquid bottle.

post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by cmom View Post

From:  http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/coccidiosis.pdf

Natural Treatments
Keeping birds in general good health is
always important. Some small producers
provide raw milk, yogurt, apple cider
vinegar, or probiotics to birds, believing
that beneficial microbes will prevent or
treat coccidiosis. Actually, coccidia do not
compete with bacteria in the gut; therefore,
beneficial bacteria and other microbes
will not eliminate coccidial development.
However, anything that improves the overall
health of the gut and the bird can help
reduce the impact of coccidiosis. Also, a
population of beneficial bacteria is always
better than pathogenic bacteria, since coccidia
weaken the gut wall, and bacteria may
pass through. In short, feeding dairy products
or probiotics will not stop the coccidia
through competitive exclusion but does
provide nutrients or beneficial bacteria that
are useful in any situation.
Producers sometimes give diatomaceous
earth (DE) to the birds in the belief that the
sharp edges of the fossilized diatoms will
damage the parasites and reduce coccidiosis;
however, there is no scientific data to
support its use.

Drugs
Drugs are used for two different purposes:
To prevent illness
To treat illness
Although a producer may depend on management
for coccidiosis control, a drug such
as amprolium is useful for rescue treatment
in the case of an outbreak. There is no
need to destroy infected birds; they can be
treated. In large houses, it is necessary to
routinely use drugs or vaccines because of
the high density of birds.
Types of Drugs
Sulfa drugs: An exciting discovery
in the 1930s was that sulfa drugs
would prevent coccidiosisthe first
drugs shown to do so. Sulfa drugs
also have some antibacterial action.
However, a relatively large amount
of sulfa was needed (10-20 percent
of the diet) and could be tolerated
by the bird for only a short time,
since it caused rickets. (Reid, 1990)
Sulfa drugs had to be used intermittently
(e.g., three days on and three
days off). Nowadays, comparatively
small amounts of sulfamonaides,
such as sulfaquinoxaline, are
used. They work only against
Eimeria acervulina and Eimeria
maxima, not against Eimeria
tenella. Sulfamonaides are used to
treat coccidiosis.
Amprolium: Amprolium is an anticoccidial
drug. It has also been
used for many years and needs no
withdrawal time to guard against
residue in the meat. It is given in
the drinking water and interferes
with metabolism of the vitamin thiamin
(vitamin B1) in coccidia. Amprolium
treats both intestinal and
cecal coccidia.

 

Good information, save for the fact that there is scientific evidence that supports the use of DE in the treatment of coccidiosis ...

 

Effect of diatomaceous earth on parasite load, egg production, and egg quality of free-range organic laying hens.

Abstract

The effectiveness of diatomaceous earth (DE) as a treatment against parasites and to increase feed efficiency and egg production of organically raised free-range layer hens was evaluated in 2 breeds of commercial egg layers [Bovan Brown (BB) and Lowmann Brown (LB)] that differ in their resistance to internal parasitic infections. Half the hens of each breed were fed diets supplemented with DE (2%). Their internal parasite loads were assessed by biweekly fecal egg counts (FEC) and by postmortem examination of the gastrointestinal tract. Supplementing DE in diets of LB hens, the more parasite-resistant breed, did not significantly affect their FEC and adult parasite load. However, BB hens treated with dietary DE had significantly lower Capillaria FEC, slightly lower Eimeria FEC, fewer birds infected with Heterakis, and significantly lower Heterakis worm burden than control BB hens. Both BB and LB hens fed the diet containing DE were significantly heavier, laid more eggs, and consumed more feed than hens fed the control diet, but feed efficiency did not differ between the 2 dietary treatments. Additionally, BB hens consuming the DE diet laid larger eggs containing more albumen and yolk than hens consuming the control diet. In a subsequent experiment, the effectiveness of DE to treat a Northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) infestation was tested. Relative to controls, both breeds of hens that were dusted with DE had reduced number of mites. The results of this study indicate the DE has the potential to be an effective treatment to help control parasites and improve production of organically raised, free-range layer hens.
 

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"Gallus gallus domesticus,
or the organic vessel in which an embryo first begins to develop?"

~ possibly asked by Linnaeus in 1758, whilst classifying the domesticated fowl.

 

Common Diseases of Chickens Turkeys & Gamebirds
Poultry Disease Diagnosis Based on Symptoms
The Merck Veterinary Manual

Solutions Used for Poultry

Diseases of Poultry

 

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"Gallus gallus domesticus,
or the organic vessel in which an embryo first begins to develop?"

~ possibly asked by Linnaeus in 1758, whilst classifying the domesticated fowl.

 

Common Diseases of Chickens Turkeys & Gamebirds
Poultry Disease Diagnosis Based on Symptoms
The Merck Veterinary Manual

Solutions Used for Poultry

Diseases of Poultry

 

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post #10 of 38

Not sure if our chickens had coccidiosis, but the vet said that we should treat them periodically for it whether they officially have it or not. So we tried the milk flush as an alternative to medicated feed. Their laying increased during that period, but other than that they seem the same to me (which was healthy). I will probably use it every 6 months just as a precautionary measure.

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