2nd fecal float test negative... Should be happy but I'm not

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sunset Ranch, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Sunset Ranch

    Sunset Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2015
    Glennville, CA
    Just got the results of a second fecal float test... Negative. The first one was positive for roundworms (tomorrow they will get their second dose of valbazen).

    Yet I'm still finding what looks kind like small pieces of raw hamburger in their poop once or twice a day.

    I have a couple of questions and concerns that I hope someone will be able to answer, or at least venture a guess on.

    1). If it's not worms or cocci, what else could be causing the intestinal lining hamburger looking stuff? Is there a test I can ask for to determine what it is?
    2) should I stop the corid treatment now? They've been on the severe dose for 5 days, and today would start the 7 day light dose.
    3). I heard a few sneezes this morning from one of my roosters. If he keeps sneezing, should I stop corid and start tylan?
    4). I'm concerned about their gut bacteria. What food or supplements should I give them and when?
    5). Some of them are molting so I've been mixing a can of cat food into their evening meal of ff/mash. Is that ok?

    Thank you,
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    To determine what the hamburger things is, send a sample to your state poultry lab. They're free in CA.

    I would stop the corid since they likely don't have coccidiosis - that's all it's for.

    I wouldn't give tylan if you don't know what the sneezing is from. Besides bacterial, it could be viral, fungal, protozoal, environmental or just a reaction to feed. If you're concerned about gut bacteria, tylan will worsen that concern also.

    I use this for probiotics.
    Plain yogurt, kefir or a probiotic powder for exotic birds would work too.
  3. Sunset Ranch

    Sunset Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2015
    Glennville, CA
    Thanks ChickenCanoe, but what test should I ask for? I'm still seeing intestinal lining occasionally. I've got 33 chickens in the run and just this morning saw 3 or 4 spots of it. Maybe with that many chickens, it's not an unusual amount?

    We are going on a two week vacation in a few days, and I've got 3 chickens with bumblefoot. I tried removing it, and was successful with one. The other two I couldn't get anything out of. One of those two now has a fever in the bad toe. Since my elderly mom will be tending my flock while we are gone, and I don't want her to have to deal with sick chickens, I'm thinking I should put the one with the fever down. Hate to do it because I like the little fella.. silkie mix roo I've had for 3 years.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    I agree.
  5. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Center of Israel

    You can also try lactic fermentation of your chicken feed, it is also a good source of Probiotic.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2015

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