Lots of bloody stool in chicken coop this morning... :( ---(gross pics)

Eggcessive

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It may become like Canada here soon. Because of antibiotic resistance most feed and farm stores don’t sell most antibiotics without a prescription any more. Of course, amprollium is not an antibiotic, but at present, we can still buy it in the US. Permethrin for lice or mites is something we can still buy for now, but it could become unavailable as it is in Canada one day.
 

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It may become like Canada here soon. Because of antibiotic resistance most feed and farm stores don’t sell most antibiotics without a prescription any more. Of course, amprollium is not an antibiotic, but at present, we can still buy it in the US. Permethrin for lice or mites is something we can still buy for now, but it could become unavailable as it is in Canada one day.
And I definitely appreciate the danger of antibiotic resistance and the need to counteract it. So many use antibiotics unnecessarily too.

But I wish there was a middle ground between accessing what we know we need quickly for a decent-ish price and waiting for days for an appointment and having to pay 10x more. Cat/dog dewormers for example.

I don't know a lot about Cocci but what would have happened if I had had to wait until Monday or later to start treatment because the bird doc was out? So much blood - it seems pretty bad already... :eek:
 

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Oh, I'm removing as much waste as I can from the coop but it's not too bad as bedding was recently changed, and I hastily slapped together an alt run/tractor so they can have fresh ground.
Do I need to disinfect my coop? I haven't painted the walls inside but it's brand new and dry etc. inside.

I read in an older thread the bedding should be burned?
 

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Sorry for so many posts in a row. In addition to my questions above, which I'm wondering about...

*sigh* I'm sure I saw a little blood in some stool in the coop this morning. Couldn't get a good pic as there was a lot of shavings. From where it had fallen I suspect a different hen, maybe lavender orp. They're on their first week of half dose of Amp and that should be their only water. Should I be doing anything else?

If I ever get through this do they need antibiotics for damage or vitamin suppliments after treatment?
 

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Vitamins and electrolytes after treatment definitely won't hurt. You can try giving your suspect bird a little boosted dose of amprolium via syringe.
 

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Vitamins and electrolytes after treatment definitely won't hurt. You can try giving your suspect bird a little boosted dose of amprolium via syringe.
Ahh interesting! I knew that was the treatment for ones that aren't eating or drinking but maybe I'll try that.

I was wondering from the consistency of some stools whether one bird wasn't drinking enough.

I'm so tired... :hmm
 

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Ahh interesting! I knew that was the treatment for ones that aren't eating or drinking but maybe I'll try that.

I was wondering from the consistency of some stools whether one bird wasn't drinking enough.

I'm so tired... :hmm
Aww I bet. Hang in there :hugs Do you know how to syringe water to birds?
 

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Glad that you have given the amprollium. Sorry about all of the extra work involved. You cannot really sterilize their area, but keeping everything dry and adding new bedding when needed is the best way to prevent reinfection. They will normally build up a tolerance to coccidia in their soil and droppings. Probiotics and vitamins can help replace what is lost in coccidiosis and treatment. Sulfa antibiotics sometimes are required for some resistance strains of coccidia. Here is a good link about safely giving medications and liquids into the esophagus:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...dications-to-all-poultry-and-waterfowl.73335/
 

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