1. SilkieOrpington

    SilkieOrpington New Egg

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    Hello all~ Our hens came to us this summer-- 3 Silkies about 14 months old and 3 Orpingtons, about 25 weeks old. I am not sure what is going on...
    This morning we found a nickel sized spot of thin red blood on the edge of the nesting box, and inside another nesting box about a dime sized streak of blood on an otherwise normal looking poop.
    The Silkies lay every other day, and production has been about the same or slightly less. Two of them have been what I thought was broody for about a week... but now I am worried someone is sick. I looked at their vents as best I could, and saw no evidence of blood.
    The Orpies don't lay yet... or if they have, only very rarely. They all seem fine, though would not tolerate me catching them for vent inspection.
    My girls eat outside most the day-- I do give them some scratch and other treats from the table and oyster shells. They have layer feed in the hen house.
    Suggestions??? Thanks so much-- I am worried about my girls!
     
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    It is either Cocci or intestinal lining. Was it really bright red or a pale tinted red? Chickens do shed their intestinal lining which comes out looking kind of pale red. Cocci is bright red since it is really blood. If it is bright blood you need Corid to treat it. If you have Southern States nearby, you may be able to find it there. I didn't know it but my Southern States sells it.
     
  3. SilkieOrpington

    SilkieOrpington New Egg

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    It was a thin consistency- watery. But my immediate thought when I saw it was blood. I think I will look closely tomorrow and if I see it again treat for cocci. Does this seem reasonable? Thanks for your advice!
     
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, that is reasonable. But if you really wanted to be on the safe side I'd start treatment with Corid today. Coccidiosis can move really fast, birds can die the same day they show any symptoms, I don't mess around if I even slightly suspect it in my birds. It certainly does no harm to treat and if that is indeed what's going on in your flock you can easily take care of it.
     
  5. SilkieOrpington

    SilkieOrpington New Egg

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    Thanks!!
     

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