Chicken Diarrhea, and what to do

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Paully3, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. Paully3

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    The very first chickens we bought were heritage breed Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. All adults. At the time, we were just getting into the backyard chicken community and though reading online and in books hadn't quite had a full grasp of what to look for when purchasing chickens. We got our RIRs from a quaint little farm near us and everything was well kept and orderly. One of the hens had no feathers on her butt and the lady told us that she has a problem getting poop stuck in her feathers so every once in a while you just have to clip them off. We thought that a little odd but it seemed a perfectly good explanation...at the time. Now we have 4 adult birds that have never laid an egg in three months and we have noticed that they have severe diarrhea. Shortly after we got the RIRs, we purchased some young pullets and some of them are beginning to show the same symptoms. I took a young bird to the vet and he did a fecal and found worms. I got Panacur and administered for three days last week. They seem to be a little brighter but still with the diarrhea. They eat well and have what I would say is slightly below average activity level. Our rooster doesn't crow and very seldom breeds any of our hens. He is very lethargic and sometimes lays down to eat. He shows very little interest in the hens at all. We are waiting on a call back from the vet but I am anxious to hear some opinions from you very knowledgeable and certainly much more experienced folks on here.
     
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    Coccidiosis might be the cause for the diarrhea since moving from one property to another can expose the chickens to a new strain of coccidia (there are 9 strains in chickens.) Corid (amprollium) 1 tsp of powder or 2 tsp of liquid to 1 gallon of water for 5-7 days is the treatment. Typically symptoms are lethargy, sitting puffed up in a ball, poor appetite, ruffled feathers and diarrhea (sometimes with blood.) They can have it at the same time as other diseases or worms. Your rooster may have a bad heart or just be very sick. Treating for cocci does not hurt them if they don't have it, but can save lives. Also I am including a link for vent gleet which is another cause for diarrhea in a chickens, but doesn't normally affect everyone: http://www.mcandyfarms.com/vent-gleet-rid-vent-gleet/
     
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    Is Corid dispensed by a veterinain? If not, where do I get it. I haven't noticed any symptoms of vent gleet other than diarrhea. That site said the stool will smell very bad...mine has almost no smell at all. I do notice some lethargy but not so much of the puffing up and other symptoms. Cocci does seem to be a viable answer. The only reason I hadn't considered it before is everything I've read about it is there is blood in the stool. If its possible to have it without blood, then it is a very real possibility and I will probably treat for it first and see what happens from there. Thank you very much...
     
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    There are 9 strains of coccidia that affect chickens. 3 kinds will cause blood, the others don't, because of the area of the bowel they are in. Chickens can build up immunity to the kind in your yard, then move to another yard and get exposed to new strains they are not immune to. Corid is amprollium and available at most farm stores and online. It is a cattle medicine in powder or liquid. There are other meds for treatment, but Corid gets all strains and is easier on the chickens than drugs like DiMethox and Sulmet.
    http://www.revivalanimal.com/Corid-...c31120_d_275&gclid=CODx9YvvjboCFchDMgodfW4ARw


    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....=34525656043&gclid=CMXd-vbujboCFScSMwodiE8AzA
     
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    Three days into Corid dosing and everyone seems to be perking up...poops are becoming more solid. I just wanted to say a quick thank you to all who helped me out. Thank you very much.
     
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    Good to hear they are doing better. Thanks for the update. After treatment with Corid that can really benefit from vitamins and probiotics to get their gut bacteria back in order as well as replace the vitamins lost from illness.
     
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    Well, after some improvement, I'm noticing more runny poops. I treated them all with Panacur three weeks ago and then the Corid for the last week. Could they still have worms? Should I retreat them with a wormer or continue the Corid a little longer. I started the 2 week follow up dosage of Corid today but am still concerned about the diarrhea...
     
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    Worming should normally be repeated 10 days after initial worming to kill the worm larvae hatching. Vitamins and probiotics (or a little plain yogurt with culture) is always a good thing to replace the vitamins lost and get the intestinal good bacteria back to normal.
     
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    Yeah, I read that Panacur should be repeated at three weeks and three months so I called my vet today and he told me that it was unnecessary to repeat the wormer. I thought that seemed odd but he's the only vet locally that sees chickens so I'm kinda at his mercy...So what avenues do I have available then?
     

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