COCCIDIOSIS? PLEASE HELP!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkiechickens8, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. silkiechickens8

    silkiechickens8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I woke up this morning to find my dear little (might be older I have to check) 2 month old Sicillian Buttercup chick laying down. I thought it was weird because the others were scratching around and digging. When one stepped on her she lifted her head a little and waved it around like she was dizzy and then her head just dropped. She just passed away within minutes of that happening. Note: the heat lamp did die during the night but the lowest it got was in the 60s and there are A LOT of chicks in the to keep her warm if she was cold. I had something like this happen last year when I moved my chicks into the coop, 11 died and only 2 survived. She I treat for coccidiosis? I'm petrified I'm going to lose them all. Please help!!
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they have room in the coop to escape the heat lamp? 2 months is an awful long time to keep them under heat - half that, at best - especially in spring/summer. I put 3 week old chicks outside in an open air coop with only a Brinsea ecoglow for the first couple of nights for adjustment and nothing since - for comparison. That being said, I doubt it was heat related if any real time passed between the lamp failing and her passing - just a side comment on 8 week old chickens under heat.

    I also don't know that coccidiosis is the culprit if there were no signs of illness or lethargy before the passing. There would have likely been tell-tale signs of cocci in their stools and behavior.
     
  3. silkiechickens8

    silkiechickens8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for responding. I only put the heat lamp on when they're snuggled up together underneath it, other than that its off. They do have a really big area with roosts and clean water/feed. Hopefully, it was a fluke and it wont happen again. [​IMG] Hoping that the others do go dying on me. I did put some electrolytes and probiotics in their water today, hopefully that will help.
     
  4. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha. Probably the most irritating aspect of keeping chickens is that you can keep them in as near a perfect environment as possible, meet all of their nutritional needs, and protect them from pests and predators, and they can still die (with or without notice). Was just talking about this at my farmer's market this past weekend actually with a guy who keeps a couple hundred chickens - conversation regarding us both starting to keep ducks and their seemingly more durable nature in regards to disease and such (if only they were smarter/better in dealing with predation)...
     

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