I think we have coccidia - please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Toast, May 9, 2008.

  1. Toast

    Toast In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2007
    I just noticed this morning that 4 of my hens have liquid poo under their vents on their feathers. I'm afraid it's coccidia. They are acting fine. We have had incredible rain lately and outside it is wet! Their coop is dry and relatively clean. I just pureed one head of garlic with 1.5 cups of raw apple cider vinegar and put that into their water. Then I sprinkled DE around their feed pan.

    What should I do? I want to treat this naturally and not use antibiotics if possible but I can't risk losing my flock. We have 18 hens and a bunch of little chicks too.

    In the future, how do I become proactive about this?

    (My hens are 2 years old)
    Last edited: May 9, 2008
  2. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    Is it bloody? If not, I would just watch them for a couple of days. It sounds like you are doing good things with the DE and ACV.

    I believe the garlic will affect the taste of the eggs - someone correct me if I'm wrong!
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Garlic doesn't affect the taste of my eggs. I think what you are doing is fine and I would just monitor as well. Coccidiosis has several symptoms and the messy behind could be anything from a change in diet to just about anything.


    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    BTW you don't treat Coccidiosis with antibiotics anyway.

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