This year has been unbelievable for problems with my chickens. Marek's and coccidiosis that just doesn't seem to go away no matter what meds I give. I have cleaned and sanitized the chicken coop repeatedly [ ended up burning my lungs from the bleach fumes ], changed to a sand litter, new roosts, limed the yard and runs. I think I've done it all. If I've missed something I don't know what it is.
I have a rooster that has been showing signs of blue on the back tips of his comb off and on for a couple of months now. Sometimes it goes away and his comb is a good healthy red but it always seems to come back. Daily it can come and go many times. No other symptoms that I can find. I haven't seen it on my girls just this rooster. I have another younger roo who still apears to have the cocci., he's been treated with all the others twice with Corid and once with Sulmet over a 2 month period. I wonder sometimes if he's a Marek's survivor and that nothing will ever help him. Not having a Vet who will treat poultry is not cool. None in my area will.
Now I have some BB White and Bronze turkeys that I believe are showing the signs of Blackhead. Out of 12, 4 are showing foamy, yellowish poop. The rest are normal right now. One I saw going to sleep with her head down, beak right on the ground. I have started giving them the cayenne pepper in their food and am waiting for the Fish Zole from Jeffer's. These turkeys were just allowed outside of their house the week before last so at least I have caught it early. It was bound to happen, no matter what I did. Even if the chickens weren't here, I have loads of wild turkeys who spend a lot of time on my land and clean up under the wild bird feeders.
So the questions;
1. Is it true that once a bird has coccidiosis they can never get it again?
2. If not true do I keep on treating them with Corid or do I just go for the Sulmet? Which could be used for long term?
3. After treating the turkeys with the Fish Zole would it be prudent to restart and continue with the cayenne as a 'just in case' ?
4. Has anyone found something that would clear the ground of these parasites? I have always used lime and wood ash on my lawn and gardens anyways. Years and years of using them. Hasn't seemed to help much if this year's problems are an indication of their effectiveness.
5. What about worming the birds? Can the turkeys and chickens be wormed the same way? Would this even help? If so what do I use and how often?
I really hope there is someone here who could give me some guidance with these problems. As I said earlier, we have no Vets in our area [100 mile radius] who will see or treat poultry so I'm 'winging' it here. I have already lost 30 birds this year to Marek's, Cocci, and pure ignorance on my part. I would truely like to stop this trend and turn things around.
A Haunter run a'fowl
A Haunter run a'fowl