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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dmccann, Aug 21, 2010.
would it help prevent cocci to have chickens on concrete rather than soil?
You don't prevent cocci. You manage it.
Cocci is caused by a protazoa that lives and reproduces inside a chickens intestines. The protazoa also lives and reproduces in wet manure. Some cocci protazoa is OK. The problem comes when the protazoa multiply to such a great extent the chickens guts get overloaded. There are several different varieties of the protazoa, some more dangerous than others. Chickens can develop an immunity to specific varieties of protazoa. Immunity to one variety does not give immunity to all varieties. They develop immunities much easier when they are very young chicks than when they are older.
The normal cycle is that the protazoa lays eggs in the chickens guts. The eggs are passed with the manure and develop for a couple of days in wet manure. The chicken eats the developed eggs and the cycle starts again. A chick needs to go through about two weeks of this cycle to develop the immunity.
If your brooder, coop, and run are pretty dry, cocci will usually not be a problem. That does depend on the variety though. You do need to be on the look out for symptoms, just like you always need to be on the lookout for any diseases or problems.
Many people feed medicated feed to chicks. I don't, but many people do. The medicated feed reduces the reproduction of the cocci protazoa in the intestines. It does not totally stop the reproduction, just reduces it, so the chick can develop the immunity it needs.
I take damp dirt from my run and give it to any chicks I have in the brooder so they can develop the immunities they need. I keep the brooder dry but allow the manure to build up, stay damp (not wet), and age so the protazoa can complete the cycle but my chicks do not get overwhelmed with the protazoa.
For your question, dirt or concrete does not matter as far as cocci goes. Keeping it dry matters since the protazoa can really reproduce in wet manure and overwhelm the chicks defenses. Since they like to scratch so much, I don't like them on concrete unless you have a lot of bedding on it.
Please feed your chicks MEDICATED CHICK STARTER!
I lost one of my absolute favorite chicks to cocci. One night she started acting funny and the next AM she was dead. It happened so durn quick. I know people have different opinions about giving the medicated starter, but my thinking is - why take the chance???? PREVENTION IS KEY!
I fed them med chick feed until 18 weeks, they were in the garage floor tile over concrete. I moved them outside aprox 4 weeks ago.I put them in area with 2 hens that are 14 months old, they are close to same size,some even larger.They were doing great even laying eggs.I was putting straw in the outside run for them to play in,one day it rained and i removed it 3 days later,did i do this to them? Do wild birds carry this?
Quote:I agree with this method.
I want to thank you all for the imfo.