Coccidiosis Information-have done alot of reading

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by seminolewind, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I know alot of you know this stuff already, but it is the most common killer of chicks up to 16 weeks, and can still affect some older chickens as well.

    There are 9 different species of cocci that are common to infect chickens. There are coccidia spores/protozoa everywhere.

    4 are mostly deadly and pretty noticeable. The chick will look very sick; not eating, hunched up, MAY have blood in the stool, it's easy to see that they're sick.

    5 are not as deadly, but harder to notice. They may not eat, or not eating enough. They tend not to be as active as the others. They may not come running for a treat like the others. OR not really be noticed at all. Some may recover on their own and just end up being behind the rest in growth.

    I just have one that for 2 weeks was less and less eager to come for the treat. She did sit more than the rest as well. From not eating enough, she became skinny. It "looked" like the others were beating her to the food, and she would stand away. The first symptom I noticed was that the others were growing bigger than her. Then I noticed that her crop was never full.

    I took her in and randomly put her on an anticoccidial (sulfadimethoxine). She spent the next day sleeping. The second day she stood all day and ate and drank a bit. Today she's eating and drinking, and getting active. Now I went outside and will treat the rest of them for coccidiosis. There is already another that just looks "off".

    Since coccidiosis is the most common ailment in young chickens, and some strains are pretty mild and not as noticeable, and may effect them over a longer period of time, and not have blood in the stool, a coccidiastat will be the first thing I use.

    I hope this is helpful .
     
  2. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for posting this info. It does seem prevalent on the board. I know we were "talking" in the last few days about my little chick that appeared to be sick from coccidiosis course I also stepped on her foot 2 weeks ago. Well, she is just not getting any better, just the same day after day. Her Sulmet treatment ended last week after 6 days of it. She will sorta peck at her feed and water if you set her right in front of it. She does attempt to stand occassionally only to topple forward right into feed or water.

    I just cant stand the thought of culling her when she I guess has a lot of fight in her but I sure am frustrated.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Paradise, I think for most of us, we hang on with them until one day you realize that it's time. For me it usually comes when they're suffering . Then I know it's time.

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    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    My little cocci chick in the bathroom is feisty today, and gobbled down 7 peas this morning and is eating.
     
  5. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm very glad for you. I lost mine today, we culled her. She was not getting any better day after day and it is 100 degrees every afternoon here in Texas. I am very sad tho and miss her terribly.
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I'm sorry , Paradise. We get so attached to them.
    I put mine back with her flock tonight. I'll just have to watch and make sure she eats. Their water is medicated, I'm treating them all.
     
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    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    so far so good
     

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