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Help! Baby chicks dying

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by billybobjo, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. billybobjo

    billybobjo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have lost two chicks a week apart. Both were two weeks old and seemed happy and healthy in the morning and were dead before bedtime. They fluffed out, were sleepy, and wouldn't eat or drink. One had a seizure of sorts before it died and then had blood in its poop. The chicks are eating Nutrena Medicated which says it protects from Coccis and to not use Corid (generic name?) in addition to the food. Could the chicks still have have died from Coccis? Even while on the medicated food? Should I go to non medicated food and treat the remaining chicks with Corid or just assume it was something else that killed them?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If they were mine I would treat for Cocci. The medicated feed should be fine, it usually has just a small preventative amount in it.

    Dosage for Cocci is 1 1/2 teaspoons Corid powder per gallon or 2 teaspoons of 9.6% Corid liquid per gallon
    Give for 5-7 days - make sure this is the ONLY water available during that time period. Mix a fresh batch at least once a day.

    "Medicated starter is not a cure after you have an outbreak of coccidiosis. There is only enough medication in the feed to act as a preventative" http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/medicated-chick-starter-facts/

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/818879/updated-corid-and-amprol-amprolium-dosing
     
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    Since I am not sure this is why the other chicks died, should I wait to give until I see signs? If I do dose them, Should I switch feed just to be safe? I don't want to kill them [​IMG]
     
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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you are concerned about feeding medicated feed (which only has a small preventative dose of amprol) along with the Corid, then switch to non-medicated chick starter.
    Again, if they were mine, I would treat for Cocci.
     
  7. billybobjo

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    Thank you! I just called the feed store, and they said since the chicks were 3 days when I got them and never around any other chickens since (new brooder box etc.), they should not have gotten Cocci. Is this true? It's probably another cause of death they said. They do carry Corid if I need it. I already ordered it as I think it would be good to have on hand regardless.
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Cocci can occur when they are very young. I would still treat for Cocci, the Corid will not hurt.

    Here is a quote from the linked website, there is also a video of info about Cocci and shows a chick with Cocci (warning - close to the 2min mark- they show a dying chick with Cocci)
    "Coccidiosis infests birds of all ages. In very young chicks where the number of parasites is small, no symptoms are seen. If they are exposed to a lot of it all at once, when very young, they can't fight it and can die. Between 2-8 weeks old is the most common age for chicks to suffer from an overload of cocci." (source) http://www.easychickenry.com/coccidiosis-in-chickens.html



    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/coccidiosis-how-to-treat-it
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/coccidiosis-what-backyard-chicken.html
     

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