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GSE or Grapefruit Seed Extract Combats Cocci or Coccidiosis and Other Ailments

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by karabou, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. karabou

    karabou Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow. Tough crowd.

    Well, first I am not sure what my 13 week old blue marans hen had since as I said it was New Year's Eve and then New Year's Day. I feel sure that labs and chicken vets were shuttered for business. So, I didn't test her for coccidiosis, but deduced that from my reading. And yes, I could be absolutely wrong and she had some other blood pooping disease.

    I am only stating what happened to me, which is that my hen was completely listless, not eating, not drinking, wilted like a flower and pooping blood with no fecal matter in the blood. She also had clearly lost a lot of weight. Being a holiday and no standard options and with nothing to lose, I did extensive internet digging. I found that GSE deworms and kills parasites. That farmers have been using it for some time on goats and bunnies for cocci. That other people have used it on hens with positive results.

    And so, I took an educated gamble and tried it on my hen. Slowly, her poop went from blood to mixed with blood to normal. And she began to eat and drink on her own.

    It's possible that it was the sacred Buddha that came down from the clouds and healed my chicken in my sleep. It's possible that the light of God himself worked through my healing hands and I have a talent that should go on the road and garner many shekels. It's possible that she only needed some additional water to heal her bloody poo.

    And yet... I suspect it was the GSE, since I had already tried epsom salt water and olive oil the day before with no luck.

    I will also say that the other babies in my Littles Coop presented with the same bloody poop just as the other hen was beginning to eat. I quickly put drops of the GSE in their water and watched the straw for blood and it disappeared. Again, I might just be supremely blessed with electrically magical hands or the spirit moving through me. I haven't been tested.

    Or it may have been a total fluke, never to work again even under the most stringent lab conditions. I personally, though, would certainly take that gamble if one of my hens had the same symptoms in the future.
     
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  2. karabou

    karabou Out Of The Brooder

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  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Karabou quote "It's possible that it was the sacred Buddha that came down from the clouds and healed my chicken in my sleep.-"

    Glad you have a sense of humor! You'll need it here, LOL.

    I think most people (and me) are sensitive to all the posts over the years with someone asking for help, then uses natural products and their chicken dies. I'm not saying natural is bad, but some of us who try to help people recommend using a known medication.

    I see that you posted your experience , and what you did when the stores were closed. And you never stated it was a cure.
     
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  4. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Bacterial enteritis, E. coli, and ingesting too much of a certain toxin all have similar symptoms to coccidiosis. Many things can cause blood in droppings. I sincerely doubt the OP cured coccidiosis with grape seed extract, grapefruit extract, or any other fruit extract. It likely was a simple ingestion of rancid or indigestible material that took time to pass.

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  5. karabou

    karabou Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Seminolewind. I just wanted to express my utter and total gratitude with the grapefruit seed extract. I felt like I was likely spitting into the wind (which never ends pretty), but then IT WORKED! (I was kinda shocked). And then the other three little ones started in on that horror and they healed up.

    By the by, I have a silkie seeing the chicken vet tomorrow. She has sour crop. I've been force-feeding, olive oil, kefir, GSE (which should work, but isn't on this).

    The one thing that has worked is Monistat--which is a nasty fix, but I found it on here (I have been lurking here for a year I s'pose). Last night, I thought we were golden and I stopped with the Monistat after 48 hours. Not just was Izzy-Belle chowing down on food, but she "flew" out of my giant tupperware container in my bathroom. That's ambition when she doesn't fly. That's health. I nearly cried with joy.

    Then, this morning, she was vomiting and the crop was squishy and huge again. Dammit.

    Dumb move likely...or conversely there is a blockage or something worse. Guess I'll know more tomorrow.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Crop problems are *usually* secondary to something else and won't resolve until that "something" is found and treated, but you already know this. [​IMG] Hopefully your vet will have an answer and treatment plan for you! Good luck and let us know what he/she says.

    -Kathy
     
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  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Yea, I feel bad about that. I hope you find what's wrong. [​IMG]
     
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  9. karabou

    karabou Out Of The Brooder

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    Michael--here is the name of the original product.

    Cheers,
    -kara
    [​IMG]

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