Cocci and meat birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cassiadawn, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. cassiadawn

    cassiadawn Chirping

    Apr 13, 2009
    SK, Canada
    Well, none of my meat birds are actually sick, but I have one little RIR in a different tractor that's lethargic and I think has bloody poop (saw some residue on her backside). The chickens all free-range out of their tractors during the day, so if one tractor has something it's a safe bet they all do. My question is, if my meat birds aren't acting ill, is there any reason we can't eat them if there might be low levels of coccidiosis present? They're due to be processed on Sunday...
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    You can eat a chicken with cocci. It is isolated to the intestinal tract. Just because one has it, doesn't mean they all are infected. Some of the chickens immune systems can fight it off.
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    I had 4 little BCM's get it 3 died within a day. I saved the 4th one and just gave it medicated chick starter for a few days it is fine now.

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