Hi everyone. Just moved my chicks out of their brooder a couple of days ago and they seem very happy in their new coop. A couple of days before that I noticed a strong poop smell that was much stronger than normal. I started to see runny poop, a caramel brown color. I am trying to keep the waterer, feeder and litter clean as possible but brooders seem like an invitation for disease - hot and cramped. The only reason I am thinking someone has cocci is that it fits the description best in Gail Damerows book "Raising Chickens". Problem is that she recommends taking a stool sample to vet as there are many different types of protozoa that can caiuse this and therefore different kinds of meds to put in water. I dont want to sound heartless but I dont want to start trips to the vet! If I need to sacrifice one chick to save the others I will. I have been in the coop a few times but have not seen the offender yet.
My main question is, if one of the chicks has cocci can it be easily spread to others or is it an individual condition? What is the best course of action? Do I need to find and isolate the chick/
Thanks for any help!