Chick pooping blood? need advice please

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  1. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chicks that are about 9 weeks old. I am finding droppings that look like blood. It looks like the whole dropping is blood, not like a dropping tinted with it. So it looks as though someone is literally pooping blood.

    I have 20 or so chicks together so I dont know which one is doing it. I am not finding lots of these droppings looks more like maybe one bird.

    Out of these birds there are 5 that I bought at tractor supply and the rest are eggs I bought locally from a reputable lady, and hatched myself.

    A few days ago I found one of the bantams I bought at tractor supply dead, with no signs of anything, this a.m I found another one of the bantams from tractor supply dead, and bloody droppings in the pen. but no signs of blood on the chick.

    In case it matters any: The chicks were raised in the house with newspaper for bedding until they feathered out, they are currently in a pen in the barn with sawdust/hay for bedding. They have not been outdoors yet.

    I am new to raising my own chicks and this is the 1st time I have had to deal with blood stools, I am not sure what to do?
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like Coccidiosis. You need to get them on Corid or Sulmet today. If you have already started losing chicks it may be too late to save the others but the sooner you start treatmment the better your chances.
     
  3. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I get that in places like tractor supply, or do I need to go to the vet?
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    cluckers&quackers :

    Can I get that in places like tractor supply, or do I need to go to the vet?

    Tractor Supply should have it or a feed store. Sulmet is a liquid and the treatment is 2 tablespoons per gallon for 3 days and then 1 tablespoon per gallon for 5 days (If I remember right - it's on the lable) Like NYREDS said get them on it right away!

    Steve​
     
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  5. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the replies!! [​IMG] I am taking my son to a dentist appt. this afternoon and will run into tractor supply while I am out so I can start them on it today.

    Is there anything else I should look for as far as signs/symptoms go? Currently everyone seems to be eating/drinking well, but not sure what else I should be watching for.

    Thank you again [​IMG]
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    look for drooping wings, unsteady on their feet. Once you get them on the anti cocci you will need to clean the brooder and waterers, feeders. That's how it's spread they peck at it and tracking thru the feed and water. Here is some good information on it hope it helps you

    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/200800.htm

    Steve
     
  7. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, thank you so much!! I will read through that and get myself a little more "educated" on this. I will get them on the medication today, and give everything a good scrubbing.

    Thank you so much for the advice, I greatly appreciate the help [​IMG]
     
  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    glad to be able to help. There's quite a bit of good info in that vet manual.

    Steve
     

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