Adult hen with cocci? Help please.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kittymomma, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have an adult hen (rir or red production) that I got back in March. I was told she was about a year old. I haven't had any problems until now.On Wed. a.m. I let them out of their coop/run (27 total) to free range for the day and come get their treats. This little gas stayed standing in the wind at the corner of the run and was kinda puffed up and wanting to stay by herself. She went into the coop and sat in a nesting box for a long time, but no egg so I thought maybe eggbound? put her in the dog crate and brought her into the bathroom. Her underside has been picked bare, but that may be due to molt since several of her sisters are going thru that right now. Her vent area looks pretty good.

    They free range
    have 24/7 access to layer pellet, crushed oyster shell, and grit
    I think she's around 18 months old
    She is drinking water fine, but not eating pellets.
    She does like cooked eggs and while not robust doesn't feel skinny either.
    She's also snarffed up the small amt. of wet dog food I've givven her.
    Her comb has good color but is somewhat floppy.

    I switched her flooring to a towel this afternoon so I could get a better look at her poo and I think it's cocci. It seems odd in a hen this age though. The last birds I brought in were chicks this spring and they've been together with the big girls since August. As far as I know none of the other birds are having problems, but I'll be giving everyone the hands on treatment tomorrow.

    My plan is to get corid tomorrow and start her on that.
    I'm also going to get plain yogurt (she doesn't lie bluberry) and canned cat food. Poly-vi too if I can find some.

    Can you guys suggest anything else and/or confirm cocci by the posted pictures?

    sorry for such a long post. I'm tired and not organizing my thoughts well. Hope the pic posts right.


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    Thanks everybody!
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, probably shouldn't have posted at 12:30 a.m. W coast time--silly me, everyone is sleeping.

    She's not very interested in her cooked egg so far this morning, but the bright green poo is much more muted, still looser, unorganized stools though. I think it's cocci, but would really like to hear what others with more experience think--I don't want to miss something and/or treat the wrong thing.
     
  3. powerline

    powerline Out Of The Brooder

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    Treat your flock with the Corid. The next thing you need to do is disinfect your pen. Hydrated lime is what i use. For preventive measures, give your flock Acidified Copper Sulfate 3 or 4 times per year, 1/4 tspn per gal. for 10 days.
     
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you. I'm treating her with Corid and if she shows improvment I'll do the rest of the flock in a couple of days. No one else is showing any signs of illness so far. As long as she responds to treatment I'll do them too, I just want to make sure cocci is what I'm dealing with before medicating all the birds. I couldn't get any lime today, maybe next week, so I'm cleaning out and replacing all the bedding (so much for deep litter [​IMG] ) and wiping everything down with a weak bleach solution. I also have stall dry to mix with the fresh shavings so hopefully that will do the trick.

    If you, or anyone else, have any further suggestions on treatment or diagnosis I'd love to hear from you.


    Her comb is still droopy and her appetite is only so-so, but she is drinking well and it doesn't feel like she's losing weight rapidly. She's fairly alert and hasn't done the hunched up poofy feather thing since I brought her inside Thursday morning. No eggs since she's been in, but her sister hens are all in various stages of moult and I think she's starting too.

    Thanks!!
     

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