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Baby Chick Light Pinkish Blood in Stool

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KnowyourFarmer, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. KnowyourFarmer

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    We have 7 chicks under a week old and I've noticed some pinkish blood in stool. I think it maybe one chick in particular, I've separated her, in case it is her. She's a bit on the lethargic side. Their bedding has remained dry and clean, I do paper towels on pine shavings and change them twice a day. We have been feeding purina medicated start and grow. The TSC suggested the chick electrolytes but did not recommend treating for coccidiosis because they said that would be a lot of antibiotics (with the feed and corid). Any thoughts? Is it likely coccidiosis? We've raised chicks before but I've never had any issues like this. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    They are probably too young to suffer from coccidiosis. Pictures of the droppings are welcome. Instestinal shed can sometimes look like blood. I would get the SaveAChick or other brand of vitamins with electrolytes for chickens. The one that is lethargic should be forced to drink by di[pping it's beak into the water several times every hour today. Later on when they are a few weeks old, if they do ever suffer from symptoms of coccidiosis, you can still use Corid (amprollium) as a treatment for coccidiosis, since the medicated feed only contains a small amount of amprollium. I would return the lethargic chick to the brooder, but watch for trampling or pecking. Make sure that your brooder temp is around 90 degrees F in the warmest spot.
     
  3. KnowyourFarmer

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    Thanks so much for your reply. We have the on Save a Chick electrolytes and probiotics, she is still eating and drinking so I don't think that I need to do the dropper yet. The brooders are both pretty warm but my thermometer is broke so I'm not 100% sure of the temp but none of them are huddling or avoiding the lamp so I figured it was ok. I think I will put her back in and see what happens. I hadn't noticed any picking so I think she'll be ok (as I'm hovering, I'll notice if this starts). Thanks again for your help, as I said, we've done this before but never noticed any weird stool so this is new to us.
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    If you see another stool like that, try and post a picture.
     
  5. KnowyourFarmer

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    Thanks, I definitely will. She's been back in the regular brooder and seems to be eating and drinking fine. She's seemed a bit more active so maybe I'm just being paranoid. I really appreciate the help and will post a pic if I get anymore "off" stool.
     
  6. KnowyourFarmer

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    I'm not sure if you can see this very well, it's just sort of tinged pinkish. It must have been a different chick because the one who did it earlier was on the other side of the brooder. It's not a lot nor is it bright red, but I don't know if it's ok either. Everyone is eating and drinking and acting normal.
     
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    Here's another.
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    Yes, I see what you mean. I would check them in the morning for any that look a bit lethargic, or if there are more pink droppings. You can always go pick up the Corid Powder or Liquid and have it in case you need to treat them. You can always return it if you don't use it. If the droppings become pinker, don't hesitate to treat for cocci. Corid is very safe to use, but don't mix it with anything else, and use it as the only water source. Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid, or 1 1/2 tsp of the powder per gallon of water, for 5 days.
     
  9. KnowyourFarmer

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    Thanks so much for your reply and help. I'll probably pick up some Corid tomorrow, just to have, in case I need it. When you say not to mix it with anything, do you mean the electrolytes and probiotics? Is it safe to still feed medicated chick feed with it? Thanks again for your help. This is the thing about chickens, there's nobody nearby to get advice from :/
     
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    So, we saw some more pinkish stuff in the stool today, it doesn't seem any worse, not bright red, not a lot and everyone is still acting completely normal, eating and drinking, etc. but I decided to go ahead and start using Corid in the dose that you mentioned because the stool has consistently shown this pinkish color (not every single one but more than I'm comfortable with). I thought it would be better than waiting until they get worse and I have to force feed them a syringe. It makes me quite nervous because they are so little; I've only ever treated full grown hens for cocci before and I can't imagine that these little ones have it, we haven't even had them a week. Should I clean and put fresh bedding in the brooder? I have been covering the pine shavings with paper towels and change them quite frequently. Lastly, do I need to go get them non medicated feed? I noticed that the amount of medication in the feed seems quite minimal (.0125%), didn't know if that was too much with the treatment dose. There seems to be some debate on this topic on BYC. Thanks again for your help.
     

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