cocci in chick deaths?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by talkinboutmygirls, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. talkinboutmygirls

    talkinboutmygirls In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2008
    Just lost 2 of my little 5 week old banty chicks this mornng and not sure why. They have been inside since day old. From a rescued "wild" mom - I left 2 babies in cage with her and took 12 to try to bond with.
    They have been healthy and active until now - eating only med chick starter. Kept inside and have never been outside yet.
    There are about 3 or 4 more who feel cooler than the others to me; they don't seem to be breathing differently, but they are somewhat lethargic. They feel "lighter" when I pick them up, too.
    I put a heating pad under the bottom of the cage in addition to the 100 watt bulb they have had for the past couple of weeks. I fed them yogurt this morning and some hard bolied egg in addition to the starter several times today. I sprinkled DE on the starter, the yogurt and the egg. I hadn't given them any up until today. I put Polyvisol vitamins in their water thinking that anything might be better than nothing....maybe not actually the case. There is poo that I wouldn't call bloody but it is different - runny and a dark brown - could be qualified bloody I guess -
    I have no experience with cocci and don't know where it would have even come from...their mom was a wild chicken that a farmer friend 'rescued' - he has a bunch of chickens that are cast-offs from other folks that live on his farm wild. Could/would it be possible for this to lie dormant from hatch and just now show up? I do have 8 chickens that are in an outside coop, with the wild mom and her 2 babies in a seperate cage acclimating to the herd (after keeping them apart for a little over a month) - none of them seem to be showing any signs that I can tell - altho I have been getting 1 egg from each of them for a week now and today I only got 2 eggs. I'm at a loss!

    I haven't actually seen which ones are responsible for the poo yet - my biggest problem is that my mom just had heart surgery yesterday morning, is in ICU and I am spending majority of the day with her and am not able to watch the babies like I need to. This is just not a good time for me to have chick problems. [​IMG]
    I don't have any of the antibiotics that I am reading I need to treat with - only have a pkg of Terramycin that I purchased for a previous problem and didn't need. I can't get anything tonight but I do have a good Tractor Supply that carries most of what I've read on here for other problems...should I seperate the ones who are acting differently from the ones who seem to be fine? Should I wait and watch for who poos?

    I'm really hoping you can steer me in the right direction.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Teramyacin (or another soluble antibiotic) in the water... NOW!

    Keep the brooder clean.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2008
  3. talkinboutmygirls

    talkinboutmygirls In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2008
    "I disinfected the brooder this morning before I left for the hospital - should I do again tonight?" she asked as she scratched her head wondering how much of the Terramycin to put in a gal of water.

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