Good Morning Everyone.. Since we are on the topic. I just got 3 new little chicks [Americana, English Bantam, and a Cochin] I got them this past Friday evening so ive only had them a couple days. They're first night they had unmedicated feed since there was only a little left in the bag to finish and since i couldnt find the non-medicated brand at the store, i got the medicated last night. Everyone was fine then but this morning i go out and find that my Americana was pooping blood and maybe some stool. The other chicks she was housed with seemed fine though [for now i assume!] After reading about what it could be ill be out there, after i post this, cleaning the cage out. There was quite the puddle when i went out and i had started wiping it up with a rag we had so im sorry if this might not all be viable. There was still a little left in the cage after i got the majority out and thats what the second picture is.
We had fed them some small corn the other day too [just some random veggies we had left over in the fridge] before we got the medicated food [really really glad i got the medicated food]
What do i do now? I have the girl isolated from her companions but now i am worried because i had gotten 4 other chicks the previous weekend [was trying to get them used to each other by being in the same cage only with a divider] and they share the same cage technically and that cage is inside the main coop to keep them dry and out of the rain. Would this little chick end up infecting ALL my chickens!? All the chicks are on the medicated right now...but my Hens just started their egg laying diet. Can someone advise me? This is all new to me.
Ps. This chick is probably about 3 weeks old...
The medicated feed will not TREAT coccidiosis, but it does help to prevent it (but not in all cases). So if you are seeing bloody poos, if it were my flock, I'd give Corid (amprolium).
I give my chicks (when they come down with coccidiosis) the Corid 9.6% solution, 9.5 ml per gallon of drinking water, mixing new solution daily, for 5 days. If the bloody poos come back after that I do another round. It is a thiamine blocker and I don't give vitamin supplements at the same time. It is available in the cattle section of the feed store, and kills more strains of cocci than Sulmet.
I always treat everyone who has come in contact with the bloody poo (pecked at it or walked through it). It is considered an emergency and can kill within 24 hours.
Edited by ChickensAreSweet - 5/5/13 at 2:13pm