Can I stop corid early?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GumBranchChick, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. GumBranchChick

    GumBranchChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all. I'm new to byc and don't know how to link my intro thread explaining my situation with my new chicks. Basically, while watching someone's farm, I rescued an injured 1-2 week old that had been picked on and had a big wound. Kept it clean and kept chicky warm. They offered me the other 3 and we waited until he healed. They brought the other 3 a couple days ago and everybody is getting along great. The other 3 have been outside with Mom this whole time and I thought I saw a smidge of red in a poop that night after he dropped them off. It had been stepped on so it was hard to tell. I had my boyfriend double check and make sure I wasn't reading too much into it and he said no it does look like it could definitely have been blood. And all the threads on here warn of waiting to treat for cocci, so I startedor right away. Have not seen a hint of red except for what I think is the red that occurs when they shed their intestinal lining, is that accurate? I stopped vitamins & electrolytes & vetrx in the water for treatment. We are on day 3 of corid 20% powder mixed at 1/2 tsp per gallon and the biggest chick is looking a little sleepy today. Still eating, but not as often as the others. (Mind you they're in my bathroom for temp control reasons, so I only see them in the windows of time that I'm in there.) Very excited about mealworms as always. I'm worried I didn't need to do the corid and I should stop and put back on vitamins, etc, but it's only day 3. I can't decide if I should keep going 2 more days bc the other 3 were outside so long & more exposed...or if I'm wasting time treating something they don't have when I should be boosting them with vitamins, etc. I know I tend to get antsy when I think something is wrong with one of my animals, so I need outside opinions please!! I have also considered that since they are used to being outside and it gets dark so early, that maybe I left the bathroom lights on too late yesterday & this particular chicky is legitimately tired. A little yawning, but not nonstop that I've noticed by any means.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Treat for the recommended time. Coccidia can kill chicks quickly. It's not something to gamble with. It does absolutely no harm to treat, but the consequences of not treating or not treating long enough can be fatal.
     
  3. GumBranchChick

    GumBranchChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I needed someone to tell me that! Because in my head I know that, but I just worry too much & get antsy.
    I should still wait to do vitamins/electrolytes, acv, probiotics...any of that, right?
     
  4. coach723

    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would wait until treatment is complete to do any of the others. Corid is a vitamin B1 (thiamine) blocker which starves the coccidia so they die. I don't know for sure if supplementing vitamins during treatment would impact the effectiveness of corid, but the general advice is not to give vitamins during treatment. I never give supplements during treatment. After treatment is complete I give vitamins and probiotics to help get their digestive tract back in balance. The chicks should be fine waiting until treatment is complete. As Junebuggena said, not treating coccidiosis is much,much worse than missing some vitamins for a short while.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Chick feed should already contain appropriate probiotics. ACV is useful to keep algae from growing in waterers, but other benefits have not been proven. Vitamins can counteract the effectiveness of coccidia treatment, so it's best to hold off on those till you finish treatment.
     
  6. GumBranchChick

    GumBranchChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I have found in some of my research on here. So glad to confirm those decisions. Thank you!! This site is a life saver!
     

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