=C What did I do wrong?!? Please help me. *Final Update**

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Riocotesei, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok heres the story, keep in mind I'm new to chickens and I pretty much hate myself right now.
    I have (well had)[​IMG] 4 chicks in the house in a brooder, 2 silkie 1EE and a Buff O. They are around 4-5weeks old. Just two days ago I discovered bloody poop. I immediately thought cocci. I didn't know who had it but I knew it was alot. so figured at least 2 had it. It was evening and couldn't go get the medicine. Yesterday I went to get sulmet at a feed store but they had just sold out. They were the only place I knew at the time that had it. This morning, I checked them and I could tell they were going down hill. I called around at different feed stores and finally found a place that had it. I bought it and came home and followed the directions. It said:;
    2 tbl spoons per gallon of water for chickens. So i did that.
    I dipped each of their beaks in it cause the directions said if you can treat them individually do so. Doing that, I let them be for a little while. I came back bout 30 mins later and my silkies were on the verge of death...they pretty much died in mine and my moms hands. My white one was throwing up and all gooey...[​IMG]
    I feel like I killed them, was it too strong a dose and it killed them? Or was it too late to save them? I'm soo sad right now, they were my babies..[​IMG]
    My EE is hanging on and I don;t think she'll live much longer. My Buff seems fine, but don't know. Please anyone know what I can do? Or what I did wrong, I feel so terrible![​IMG]
     
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  2. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't feel bad, It's really not your fault! I'm very sorry about your babies! [​IMG]
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Don't beat yourself up too bad. I doubt you overdosed them. Cocci kills fast, and in chicks a month old, it kills in matter of days like you described. Now that you have the med, keep it on hand. It should have a shelf life of at least a few years. At the very first sign of blood, treat them all ASAP. A single day of bloody poo can kill them because they do have so little blood to begin with.
     
  4. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I am so very sorry for the loss of your 2 babies. It is so hard to lose them I know. You did what you could. Don't beat yourself up you showed them love.
     
  5. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys. I feel terrible. Is there anything else I can do fo rmy EE? I took the water out cause I felt it killed my silkies. Should I put it back in?
     
  6. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awww, I'm so sorry about the loss of your chicks. I'm brand new to chickens and ducks myself and am already so attached to these guys.

    Hope your EE pulls through [​IMG].
     
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Is the EE's poo still bloody?

    How is she eating?
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you started the drug, do finish the recommended course as you don't want to have to go though it all over again. I don't think the drug killed them, they were probably too far along for you to be able to save them. Finish treatment with your EE and I bet she'll make a full recovery!
     
  9. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    what does Cocci do to the chicken to make them bleed inside?
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

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