Chickens with lethargy and diarrhea dying unknown cause

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pitsko, May 20, 2017.

  1. pitsko

    pitsko In the Brooder

    Oct 17, 2012
    Ringtown, PA
    Hi, I'm having an issue with my flock. I have lost 2 hens in the past few weeks, would have been 3 but the fox got her! I have one additional sick hen. They all have had diarrhea, lethargy and ruffed up feathers and hunched appearance. No respiratory s/s. I have treated them with Corid for Cocci, but no improvement. Currently I have a flock of 15 and none of the others have symptoms and their droppings are normal. I also have 16 2-3 week old chicks with no issues. Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    A necropsy on a dead hen or two would have given you an answer about the cause of death, but it does sound like coccidiosis. Corid will do no good unless the maximum concentration is used, and the chickens drink enough. Sick chickens generally won't drink well. How old are the ones who died? Wet warm conditions are ripe for cocci, and I would make sure they get out on fresh grass and have clean and dry bedding at all times. Corid dosage is 1 1/2 tsp of the powder, or 2 tsp of the Corid liquid per gallon of water for at least 5-7 days is best. For those especially sick, I would even give 2 drops twice a day of the concentrated liquid, or the same of the powder mixed 1 1/2 tsp per 2 tsp of water to equal th Corid liquid concentrate.
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  3. pitsko

    pitsko In the Brooder

    Oct 17, 2012
    Ringtown, PA
    The oldest one was 5 the other ones are 2 and 3years old. I will start them on Corid again in the morning, that was my initial thought too. Their coop is dry, I mixed the bedding again today, and I did free range them most of the afternoon with supervision because we lost 5, 3 weeks ago to a fox attack. Not during free range, but the fox jumped our 4 foot fence! So now we have made our run like the federal prison!
  4. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Songster

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    Since youall hink coccidiosis and treting them
    Here is what I have done for decades and itreally helps the type chicns you hae there.
    Glenda Heywood answered
    Lethargic chicken/two vit's/wet mash/E.coli
    For this problem I recommend my wet mash probiotic with yoguart be given.
    I prefer to use the wet mash probiotic that includes chicken feed, yoguart and milk with applesauce
    because chickens will eat the yoguart completely in the wet mash where as some chickens will not just eat yoguart ans it gets on their beaks, of which then they throw it away when cleaning the beaks
    as you will notice if standing too close to them eating the yoguart

    So read on down where I give the recipe
    some advice for helping the chicken get over the lathargic

    lathargic , I would suggest and advanced case of E.coli.

    With all that is noted here is some good help that I have found to work for the health of the chicken

    you mention sluggish behavior that denotes they have a gut problem

    So here is what I would do at this time to help them get to feeling better

    This is for single bird
    I would start with the Vit E and Vit B complex with wet mash

    chickens do get some upset in the gut with E.coli and then it goes to a nervous disorder
    natural probiotic wet mash with Vit E and Vit B complex added immediately
    basically the chicken has some nerve damage from the E.coli do this immediately
    need neurolodigal vit E and Vit B complex for E.coli and the nervous disorder Also the apple cider vineager in water

    (1) 2 tbsp acv per gallon of water till chickens are well and then 2 times a week for life
    for one chicken use 1 tbsp of ACV unpasteurized Braggs or Heinz
    1 pint of water DO NOT USE ACV WHILE MEDICATING.

    (2 immediately give the chicken 1000 mg capsule of liquid Vit E by cutting the end of the capsule and taking the vit E liquid and mix in wet mash probiotic

    (2-B) total amt of capsules equals the total amt of chickens fed vit's multiply amt of recipe times amt of chickens fed it and the amt of vit's times amt of chickens given them

    (3 also need to crush a vit B complex pill in tabsp and add tsp of water to it
    put it in the chickens wet mash after it is disolved

    (3-C) then give this to the chicken twice a week for two weeks should see much improvement

    after the chicken has eaten the wet mash probiotic clean wet feeder and restock dry crumble feed.

    (4 Do both Vit's twice today then for 7 days till you see some improvement in the chicken

    (5 today I would see if the chicken will eat a wet mash with the Vitamins E and B complex

    natural probiotic wet mash
    2 tbp of dry crumbles
    1 tbsp flax seed meal (the kind people take)
    3 tbp of milk sweet, sour or buttermilk
    1 tbsp of non flavored yogurt
    2 tbsp of apple sauce
    put it on top so the chicken can smell and see it
    mix good and put the
    vit E liquid as directed in the wet mash
    and crumble the Vit B complex tablet in a tabsp and add to the wet mash

    (6 Do this twice a day for 7 days to see if the chicken is better
    then do this once a day for another week then once a week for a while
    this should give the nervous system some stability and cure the bad E.coli in the gut
    (6-A) they should clean it up in 20-30 minutes
    this will help them get good gut flora
    also put 2 tbsp of ACV in gallon of water and keep giving them this water for a week straight
    then give it 3-5 times a week for life
    Glenda Heywood Cassville Missouri

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