- May 6, 2009
I've had 2 eggs so far, that have hundreds of tiny air bubbles clustered together inside the egg. Is this a ruptured air cell? and whatever it is, WHY is this happening? what causes it?
Mine weren't bantam, though most of them had some banty genes somewhere in there makeup, so I don't think it's a breed specific issue since it was a one-off and correlated with lack of health.
The egg membrane is responsible for gases exchange, so if it's weakened anywhere the egg could lose moisture at an abnormal rate and also take in oxygen at an abnormal rate, so I think this is a pretty good bet as to what's happened.
It's possible she has an illness you don't know of but it's also possible the Corid did it. Supposedly, from what little I've heard of it, it acts as a thiamine blocker in cocci, and doesn't affect the chicken, but I'd take that claim with a pinch of salt. Practically no pharmaceutical product has no side effect. So I would consider the Corid a potential cause.
Personally I use raw garlic from hatching onwards to combat coccidiosis, and have never seen a single bird with symptoms, so I assume it works. I've brought in birds from many places, and must have a good assortment of strains of cocci, but have never lost a single one to it nor seen any symptoms. I don't vaccinate nor use artificial medications. Old farming info records that raw garlic was used to treat coccidiosis even at an advanced stage in young birds. But it's an added expense and effort so many aren't able to use that. But, if you have losses to cocci, it may be worth trying.
From the first feed and thereafter I give them raw freshly minced garlic mixed in with their feed, and let them have as much as they want. I've yet to have a bird that's eaten enough to get sulfur poisoning, which is what I guess would be the reason behind some folks thinking the Allium family is toxic to poultry. You'd have to force feed them for that to work, and not allow them anything else, for a long period.
The general adult dosage for maintenance is one clove per bird per day. I've never had any symptoms of coccidiosis so can't tell you how much to give for a flare up; but sometimes cocci has atypical symptoms or even nothing much except general debility, and if I have any bird with any issues of disease I generally offer more garlic as well as other herbs and whatever I think is specific for their symptoms. As it often goes, a fast followed by a laxative (i.e. cold pressed olive oil) and then followed by treatment seems to help many different diseases.
I think you can get by on using dried granulated garlic for a good while and not feed them raw garlic daily but because of one of the most powerful natural antibiotic properties of garlic being prone to dissipate within anywhere between an hour and a few days, I tend to give them fresh raw garlic daily so they're 'topped up' against infection and disease. The Allicin is formed by the interaction of enzymes released when the raw garlic is crushed or cut and this is one of the chief properties out of 34+ that garlic possesses, not counting the sulfur which builds up to a level over time that poisons both internal and external parasites and viruses, while helping the bird heal faster and in general be healthier.
If your birds had an advanced case of cocci, a fast followed by a good helping of raw garlic would help, and perhaps a laxative would also help to shift the overburden of bacteria. The diet after that until recovery should always have raw garlic available. That's about all the info I have on advanced coccidiosis being treated with garlic. Since you're using oregano I'd guess your birds would already be pretty clean internally. A good book to get for natural remedies, which I've used to save the lives of many animals of many species, is "The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. It's being sold online in a few places for as little as $8.
All the best.