coccidiosis or sour crop in chick

Bigboyjh

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OK....Have an emergency, and i get a lot of good info off of here. Hope you can help me with this. I have searched both subjects, but cant find a clear explanation or path. Have some chicks, 3 weeks old. One fluffed up and had the runs, figured it was cocci.... started treating it for that with corrid. now, one day into corrid, it has classic symptoms of sour crop. swollen crop, and can massage syrup consistency liquid out of it as i am tipping her toward the ground. how do i treat this. is it a symptom of cocci, or did i misdiagnose from the beginning? if it is sour crop, will the corrid hurt the chick, or should i continue the water treatment? At this moment i have the chick separated, corrid spiked water, and a small dish of yogurt in there with her. Any help is appreciated.
 

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Sour crop is one of those things that can accompany other illnesses, and cocci is one of them. Massageseveral times a day, Corid water and probiotics are good for it. Since your chick needs to drink the Corid, I wouldn't try to vomit it, plus it can choke to death. I am not an expert on crop problems, so I will give you a couple of links to read:
http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues.html
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html
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I also have a chick that is not acting right. Her mother and sister were killed by a predator but she got away. I put her in a cat carrier and continued to feed her. She was doing well for about a week then I got some new chicks (6) of 2 different kinds and put in there with her. They were smaller and younger. Probably about a week or 2 younger and they were all doing fine. Then she started looking fluffed up and not lively. She's been that way now for about a week. She eats some of the chick starter, but she was already running around the yard with her mother eating bugs, grass and probably some corn and stuff that her mother taught her to eat. I'm wondering if she isn't getting enough nutrient with the chick starter now. The other babies have outgrown her now. She is a bantam and the others are 3 Easter Eggers and 3 Cinnamon Queen or something like that. I was wondering if she could have Cocci? I have some Corid but don't know how much to give a little chick like her. She is aprox 2 months old maybe a little less. The others are a little younger than her but bigger, but they have no problems. When should I start feeding them something else besides the chick starter? I have been putting electrolytes in their water the whole time, and I have given them some cut up seedless grapes, some smushed up watermelon, meal worms, cantaloupe, at different times for treats. They love all of these and eat them well. Haven't given them any corn yet or bird seed. What should I do about feeding them now that they are getting bigger? And what should I do about the little one that's acting sickly? No signs of anything wrong other than being fluffed up all the time and moving around slowly not playing ect just acting lethargic.
 

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With Corid the dose is 2 tsp liquid or 1.5 tsp powder per gallon of water for any size or age chickens for 5 days. Chicks should eat starter/grower for at least 1 to 20 weeks is also fine.
 

Bigboyjh

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Ok.....still fluffed and enlarged crop. Everyone seems to advise against vomiting, but when I massage her crop, she starts to vomit, and I have to tip her. Any advice on crop massaging? Any advice on force feeding yogurt, or any other suggestions.
 

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Ok.....still fluffed and enlarged crop. Everyone seems to advise against vomiting, but when I massage her crop, she starts to vomit, and I have to tip her. Any advice on crop massaging? Any advice on force feeding yogurt, or any other suggestions.
I have noticed that lately in the Chicken Chick link in post #2, a vet is now recommending to empty the crop. Since I haven't done this I wouldn't recommend it, but if you feel comfortable, go ahead. Just realize there is a risk involved. Yogurt is good for probiotics, and buttermilk may be better. I would not force feed anything, but dip her beak into water.
 

Bigboyjh

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Well, Despite my best efforts, "Grim" passed on to the big chicken coop in the sky.

Thanks for all yalls input.
 
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