dying chicks with bloody stools

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by roseyposie, May 18, 2009.

  1. roseyposie

    roseyposie New Egg

    May 18, 2009
    could someone please help me ? I had 40 chicks 1 1/2 wks ago now i have 7 left. they were purchased from a hatchery. everyday their is some dying and they have bloody stools. they look fine one day and the next they are standing with their head down and very, very weak. they wont eat or drink. i dont know what to do . do you think they have a disease ? they are kept inside my house in a big tub with heat. thanks !
  2. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Sounds like Cocci, they can get it even on medicated feed. You need Amprolium aka Corid to add to the water and fast.
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Yes, cocci. It sounds like it is advanced. Don't delay treatment.
  4. roseyposie

    roseyposie New Egg

    May 18, 2009
    How do they get it ? are they born with it ? thankyou !
  5. tulie13

    tulie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    NW Florida
    Quote:From what I understand, they can be exposed to it in the hatchery or if you have other chickens. Is this the first time your brooder has been used? Or is this a second (third?) batch of chicks raised in it? If it is not pristine, there could be cocci in it that could affect the chicks.

    However, I question chicks so young getting SO SICK in this short of time from cocci, unless they were BATHING in it!!! My sister had one chick with bloody poop, and she called our state (Florida) agricultural school in Gainesville. Really nice guy there told her that it was EXTREMELY unlikely for chicks that young to have coccidiosis, because even if they were exposed and not on medicated feed, it would take SEVERAL WEEKS for the levels to build up to the point where they were causing bloody poo.

    So, any of you BYC people have any other info on this? This is ONE SOURCE, and I know the consensus on here seems to be "it's cocci, treat for cocci". But I'd like to open up the forum for consideration - in chicks that young, is it possible/likely that it is something else? Should she treat for cocci AND something else?

    I'm a newbie on here, but I've been doing a lot of reading. My sister's chick had bloody poo for several days, but the guy in Gainesville said that it probably wasn't cocci and that maybe another chick had pecked its rear or something like that, as it was "red" blood rather than darker blood from the digestive system. She did not treat her chicks, and it went away. This is the guy that said "chicks that young don't get cocci built up that quickly".

    Again, if the brooder has been used before and was not cleaned, it's possible that it's a CESSPOOL of cocci... I dunno!

    And my chicken just wet on my leg - poor girl! [​IMG] EEEWWW!!! [​IMG]

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