corid yes or no?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mika4me, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. mika4me

    mika4me Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2010
    I need some advice on whether to give my chickens corid as a preventative or wait until they get sick. I started with four chicks back in August. One died after about a day and a half. I now know it was from coccidiosis, but I didn't know then. The feed and seed store people said it just happens. One of the other week old chicks got ill shortly after and then recovered. After that everyone seemed fine for almost two months. Then at about eight weeks old, another chicken died. I had her necropsied, and it was confirmed as coccidiosis. I had fecal samples from my other two chickens tested, and they were both clean. So I guess my remaining two are healthy, but I'm sure they will be exposed again... I also came home today to find one of the neighbor chickens in my yard, where my girls free range. So even if my two are healthy other chickens are pooping where they forage. So should I give them a five day run of corid just to be safe, or wait until they show signs of illness? Are there any bad side affects to corid? Will it help them develop immunity? Will too much of it make the coccidia mutate or become resistant? Should I give them the stuff every couple of months or would that be a waste and/or bad for the chickens? Any help appreciated! Thanks!
  2. aymer

    aymer Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2009
    san francisco, ca
    i have been going through a similar issue with my chickens. i decided to treat the remaining birds (i did not want any more deaths that could have been prevented). my feed store did not have corid so i used sulfasol powder for six days. everybody seems to be doing better now! i just ordered corid from amazon in case it happens again.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They develop immunity by having some of the cocci in their bodies but not too many. Corid just impedes their growth by depriving them of thiamine. Sulmet (sulfa) is an antibiotic and kills the cocci.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There is also medicated chick starter that helps prevent coccidia, and helps build resistance over time. However it's still possible that chicks can get overwhelmed with cocci and die. IMO I'd rather not use antibiotics etc...unless it's a last resort.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I wouldn't give chickens Corid unless they were sick. I think it is stressful on their systems to be on medications.

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