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Bloody stool

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shellraiser, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. shellraiser

    shellraiser Out Of The Brooder

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    Stool from a 4 week old chick. Is this cocci? What do I do? Just got our first chicks yesterday. I have had them out in the yard, but now I'm reading that they can get the bacteria from the dirt. I also saw a poop in the water, I changed it right away, I'm not sure if they drank from it. They have been vac'd.
     
  2. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm... Sometimes the red in third droppings can be the shedding of the intestinal lining wich is regular and healthy. That looks like a bit to much red for that to me. If they do have cocci you are supposed to treat them with corid.
    Best of luck,
     
  3. mwat

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    Can I ask K R 2709, Is Corid the brand name or the active ingredient? I'm in Australia an don't seem to have a lot of these things available. However it might just be a different brand.

    Hope it's nothing too bad Shellraiser!
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Those first reddish poops can be a bit of a shock but it is fairly normal. Linings tend to not be blood red or bright blood red.

    If you google types of chicken poo you will find a really good page with photos of the different types.

    If you decide its not just normal shedding of the intestinal lining (often worse after changing feeds) ring your vet. I got the treatment through one near us when I thought we might have it but turned out to be just lining and I never used it.
     
  5. shellraiser

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    Thanks, I am less concerned now. I haven't seen any other abnormal poo and no behavioural changes. I'm keeping a close eye though.
     
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I found when I first brought chicks home and they therefore changed feeds from what they were used to and then when I went from chick to grower they would get a lot more of the lining stools along with a bit of diareah.
    Hopefully that's all yours is too.

    Have you found the Aussie threads yet? Drop in and say hi :)
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I would weigh them daily as weigh loss or lack of gain is often the first coccidiosis symptom you'll see. Young chicks should gain weigh daily, period.

    -Kathy
     
  8. shellraiser

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    Thank you Kathy, that's a great suggestion. I'll do that.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I don't know what breed(s) you have, but here is a chart that shows target weights for egg laying pullets.

    Source:http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps046
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    Example of target body weights during the rearing of replacement pullets.
    Age
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    Body weight
    (Pounds)

    (Grams)
    1

    0.14

    65
    2

    0.24

    110
    3

    0.40

    180
    4

    0.55

    250
    5

    0.71

    320
    6

    0.88

    400
    7

    1.10

    500
    8

    1.28

    580
    9

    1.50

    680
    10

    1.70

    770
    11

    1.92

    870
    12

    2.09

    950
    13

    2.27

    1030
    14

    2.43

    1100
    15

    2.56

    1160
    16

    2.67

    1210
    17

    2.76

    1250
    18

    2.82

    1280
    19

    2.89

    1310
    20

    3.00

    1360
    Footnotes
     
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  10. shellraiser

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    Thanks for that. According to this chart all 3 are severely underweight for their age. They were sold to us as sexed 4 week olds, but one is quite larger than the other two. I'll look up their breed but they are 3/4 mixed.
     

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