Are some breeds more susceptible to coccidiosis?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RobG7aChattTN, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. RobG7aChattTN

    RobG7aChattTN Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've had a problem with my Jubilee Orpington chicks. They start out fully robust but over time seem to be weaker than my other breeds and if there is a dead chick in the brooder it seems like more often than not it is a Jubilee. Now I have noticed fewer losses when I hold them back a week and raise them with younger chicks so one theory was that they are easily bullied and run over but I'm not sure if that's a good reason. I've heard that Green Junglefowl are more susceptible to coccidiosis and I've seen where a breeder who raises Tomaru has stated that they seem weaker as chicks and raise them in separate brooders but that they are fine and healthy as adults. I was wondering if some breeds (maybe due to inbreeding...or maybe just lines that are inbred) have weaker immune systems and more likely to have issues with coccidiosis. Are there other things that would cause one breed of chicks to do poorly while all the breeds of adults including that breed seem fine and healthy and all the chicks other than that breed do fine?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Rather than breeds, I would think that some lines/strains of chickens are more susceptible to many things.

    Probiotics in first water, keeping bedding bone dry and feeders at least half full are the best safeguards.

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