Cocci infected chicks, will corid harm other healthy chicks or is it safe?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AshleyBickle, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. AshleyBickle

    AshleyBickle Out Of The Brooder

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    Brought home 2 little chicks last Friday. Little did I know that they have cocci. Ive been treating them for two full days, force feeding my eye dropper since they refuse to eat or drink. I'm on the verge or losing one. She's limp and motionless. Quite devistating. On the other hand though the second chick is looking up. She seems more perky but I'm worries since she's going to be all alone she will be un happy. I have the opportunity to pick up two healthy chicks to put in with her. My question is, is it ok to add healthy chicks in with her since she may not be 100% yet and continue to put corid in the water as preventative that the new chicks don't become infected or is that not safe?
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Not only is it safe it is highly recommended if bringing new chicks into an environment where a known coccidiosis outbreak has occured. Corid is simply Amprolium, it works by creating an unfavorable environment for coccidia to grow. It does not kill coccidia, a normal level will still remain but will not grow out of control, thus enabling a chick to develope immunity.
     
  3. AshleyBickle

    AshleyBickle Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for the knowledge. Sadly both th chicks I had gotten origonaly have passed away from the cocci virus. I now have three new chicks that I'm planning to add to my already exciting flock, so I'm thinking of treating them with corid anyways to help build their immune systems of ever they come in contact with the virus again. Thanks again for the much needed info!
     
  4. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    I got 3 new chicks 2 weeks ago, living in the NW I know Cocci is present. So I took 2 full shovel full of shavings with poop, from the coop with my 6 mo old birds, into the brooder with new shavings as well. I am feeding the chicks one 5lb bag of medicated feed and then will take them off the medicated. I want to raise resistant birds rather than have to treat sick birds later.
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    If none of the new chicks are sick there is a different dose you can use on the Corid. I believe it's half the dose in the water each day but you do it for 21 days. If any birds currently have coccidiosis you'll want to just treat at regular dose. I had a coccidiosis case in one of my hens a few months back and lost her to it, so that is what I'm going to do with my current batch of chicks when they go out, just to be on the safe side.

    Coccidia are actually a protozoa that invade the intestinal walls, rather then a virus.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You treat them all with the same dose. They may not show signs, but if one has it, they all do. It won't hurt a chick that doesn't have cocci, being only a thiamine analog, not an antibiotic.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012

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