Coccidiosis Carrier- I am positive this isnt in the right section

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BarredBuff, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning to hatch off chicks off of my hens this year but one of the big problems is that there is coccidiossis carrier and I cant bare the thoughts of getting rid of her because she is more of a pet then a farm animal, and I was wondering if I feed Purina Flock Raiser ( which has a coccidiostat in it but minute enough that you can still eat the eggs according to a Purina Animal Care Specialist ) if it will give the chicks time to get immune to Coccidiosis?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You have that a bit mixed up. Cocci isn't a carrier disease. The oocycts that cause it are in your soil, then are pooped out by the ones who ingest them, but still, the birds are not actually carriers. Every bird must slowly develop immunity to cocci. Interestingly enough, the ones who touch soil in their first week of life, like with a broody mama, rarely ever get it. ALL my brooder raised babies get it when they hit the soil at a few weeks old. (that's WITH medicated feed, too).
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I will add if she still had cocci, she would either be sickly or near death after an extended period of time. What makes you think she has it..or did she once have it, which is why you were asking? Cocci is a treatable illness (parasite).
     
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got a very bad epidemic and it killed 4 chickens of the original 11 and we didnt follow the sulmet instructions and they got burnt out with it and are now messed up. Speckledhen how did the hen hatched babies get over it if they had it? I plan to have my chicks that we order from McMurray vaccinated for it because I dont want to go thru that stuff again....
     
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