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Chick Poop... Worms or Cocci?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AmericaunaMama, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. AmericaunaMama

    AmericaunaMama Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed an unusually dark poop on my carpet this morning from a chick that likes to perch on the brooder box. My first thought was maybe dark from blood (cocci) but when I wiped it up, it didn't look very bloody on the paper towel. Same thing later tonight, very dark poop, but only brown on the paper towel.

    Just now, I went to put them to bed and noticed two droppings in the box that were red, but on closer inspection, the red was really pink and looked like worms. I have read about the intestinal shedding, which can also be cocci related, but couldn't it just be worms?

    I have also read there is a very strong smell associated with cocci, and honestly I have noticed a more pungent odor than usual, I was just blaming it on the ducks in the brooder next door.

    I clean the water a few times a day and constantly check the feeder for contamination. I also completely change the shavings every day if I notice any moisture, or every three days at the LEAST.

    Any recommendations would be helpful.
     
  2. nakstk

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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Go with your gut feeling, it probably is coccidiosis. Do you have any Corid? If not, go to TSC and get some, it's in the cattle section.

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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If you can, post some pictures of the questionable poop.
     
  6. dawg53

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    I agree with Casportpony, most likely it's cocci, not worms.
     
  7. AmericaunaMama

    AmericaunaMama Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Everybody!!!

    Thanks so much for the input. I did try to check the poop chart, but somebody needs to make one specifically for chick poop. The ones that looked cocci seemed to have more of a "fizz" in them than some of the more liquid droppings I've seen from this girl.

    The sample I collected last night to take up to the feed store was folded up in a paper towel, so it didn't work so well for photos. I waited around all day for another suspicious looking drop so I could get some pics, but I think (like many others before me, I'm sure) I may have overreacted. There was a LOT of intestinal shedding in both of her poops I picked up last night, but she seems OK today. And as scary as the dark ones were, from what I did find on the chart, that seems normal, too.

    If any of them were acting sickly today, I would have jumped for the corid, but I'm not sure if it's needed. Is there any harm for treating on a "just on case" basis? Does it effect future immunity should they actually get sick?

    Thanks Again!
     
  8. casportpony

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    I would treat them. The majority of their poop should be firm with a white cap, not runny.
     
  9. AmericaunaMama

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    hmm. Well, that is definitely not the majority of what I am seeing. I will get some Corid in the morning.

    Thank You Again!!!
     
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