Histomoniasis aka Blackhead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by casportpony, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Has anyone here every lost a chicken to histomoniasis?
     
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    I havnt, but I know how to treat it.
     
  3. casportpony

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    How would you treat it?
     
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    Blackhead is caused by a protozoa. Treatment is 250mg metronidazole given orally once a day for 5 days. Then you have to eliminate the host that carries the protozoa...the cecal worm. Valbazen liquid cattle/sheep wormer will take care of the cecal worm....1/2cc given orally undiluted, repeat again in 10 days.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    You seem to be really good at finding official type references. Are there any for blackhead medications that you have seen?
     
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  7. casportpony

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    Yes, but surely you wouldn't give a 100 gram chick the same amount as a 5kg turkey? Just looking for more detailed info...
     
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    I had a chick hatch on 6-23, died on 7-8. UC Davis confirmed that cause of death was histomoniasis. Weight at time of death was 70 grams. I also just lost a 1kg hen and I believe that her cause of death was histomoniasis. Just trying to get a handle on what seems to be a real problem here.
     
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    And thanks to your posts, I will be buy some Valbazen.
     
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