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  1. NorthGAChick

    NorthGAChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a mix of standards and bantams. 6 grown and 4 new babes about 3-4 months old (that's all the store told me). Loving getting my own eggs and having the therapy of watching them in the yard. A little over-protective since I live next to forestry land and lots of free roaming dogs and other predators.
    I found the site checking for "chicken poo" since I am seeing a little bit of "red" on top of the white on the poo. The first one I see on the site as cecal or lining, I believe - but it's the 2nd/lower one that has me questioning blood.
    I added some of the chick medicated feed into the grown chicken feed, but I don't know if that was a smart idea or not??? Looking it up I wondered if I should do Corid or something? The grown ups and chicks share the outside area in shifts and perhaps that was a mistake? I only have so many areas; 1 grown bantam/2 chicks; 5 grown standards/2 chicks. Hopefully it's nothing. No chicken vets in this entire area either [​IMG]Any help for my peeps?
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  2. Judy

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    I.m going to guess it's lining since you don't mention anything about the chicks seeming sick. Cocci will get them very sick, very quickly.

    However, if you want, you can feed the whole flock the medicated (if with amprolium) chick feed. You can even eat the eggs if layers eat this, because it's essentially not absorbed by the chicken, inly acts on any cocci present. At any rate, you should be sure the chicks have no access to any layer feed. People with mixed age flocks, or with roosters, often feed their whole flock something like a grower or flock raiser and never by layer feed. You can always put out oyster shell separately for any layers who feel the need.

    You can also give Corid with a wide safety margin as it is a benign drug. Some people who have a history of problems with cocci give their new chicks a "preventive" dose of Corid, thus giving more Cord than medicated feed bu less than what is needed for sck chickens.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/879239/cocci-prevention/0_20#post_13364390

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/775739/blood-in-older-chicks-stool/0_20#post_11087272
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have seen this in my flock before and unless it becomes regular, generally it is nothing to worry about. They do shed intestinal lining occasionally.

    But as Judy has said, you might try some Corid in the water for 5 days as a precaution. It is a very benign drug and won't hurt any of the birds in your flock.

    Coccidiosis generally causes lots of diarrhea and lethargy. The blood usually shows up last after the birds start to look ill. With cocci, they will go off their feed and water, look very tired and fluff themselves up to stay warm. When the birds start pooping blood, they are usually pretty sick by then.

    I have a mixed flock and I am feeding starter to all of them, oyster shell on the side. You don't want to feed layer feed to chicks not yet laying.

    Enjoy your flock and if you have any further questions, feel free to ask!
     
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  4. NorthGAChick

    NorthGAChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Super helpful - I'm relieved! Thank you! The Feed store had said they were going to start mixing layer feed with the chick feed in a week (I got them 3 weeks ago). Glad you told me not to do that - I already have for a week, I will stop!
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. You've been given some good advice and links by Judy and TwoCrows. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2, the first poo may be a sign of cocci.

    Make sure they have lots of water, food and calcium. Cocci causes diarrhea and sometimes lifelessness. You should treat your flock for cocci right away.

    Coccidiosis is caused by tiny creatures called coccidia, a kind of protozoa. They grow rapidly and spread fast. This germ spreading disease is very common. Protozoa live everywhere including inside chickens. However, in the case of coccidiosis the protozoa become to countless and make the chicks sick. There is not many ways to treat this. But, there are many ways to prevent it. To prevent this in adult chickens don’t allow water to collect in their living quarters. Clean their waterers and feeders often and provide daily and good management. Sadly, some chickens don’t live through coccidiosis because by the time it’s noticed, it’s too late. (Symptoms include: Weakness, lifelessness, pale combs and wattles, bloody droppings, not eating and sudden death.) The good news is if you know your flock and observe them daily, you can catch this early. Plus, if your bird lives through it, she won’t catch it again. The best treatments are amprolium and sulfa drugs and chorid 9.6% solution in the water.
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. NorthGAChick

    NorthGAChick Out Of The Brooder

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    can't upload any photos???
     
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  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     

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