My babies have been dying left and right.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sylviaanne, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    About one a day. I got them to stop dying for a few days, maybe 3 and yesterday 4 died and 2 today. Our money came in early and I got some corid, mixed it up and gave it to them. They are still hollering and they ate all their food, would it be ok to mix some of the corid water in with their food?

    Background: These are mostly bantam chicks 5 weeks old. I bought 6 dozen from a member here and a little less than half hatched. I have given them karo syrup in their water. I have given them canned pumpkin and canned pumpkin with karo syrup. I have given them peanut butter and peanut butter with karo syrup in it. I have given them karo syrup water in their food. I have given them grass and hay and I don't know what all. Nothing has stopped them from dying.

    From the day they were taken out of the incubator they have been in with Silkies that are at least a month older. I have hatched some of my own chicks and put in with them and until a couple of days ago, only the chicks hatched from the eggs from the member here were dying. I am NOT saying anything was wrong with the eggs.

    They have been on hay but after losing 4 yesterday, I changed it to pine shavings. They have been under 2 heat lamps but it is possible that they are in a drafty situation but that shouldn't matter at 5 weeks old and under heat lamps with Silkies to hide under, should it?

    Anything else I can do?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, the draft could well be a problem. Sick chickens need warmth. They also need fluids, and if they have cocci it is likely they are reluctant to drink as much as they should.

    Here's a discussion of a home remedy and other things that might help: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...m-feed-store-treat-coccidia/0_20#post_5849713

    Someone might recommend sulfa or sulmet, but I wouldn't go that route. As I understand it, the Corid treats the same types of cocci -- and certainly is much easier on their intestine than sulfa. Part of the reason you lose some of them is the damage done to the intestine. Here is a discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/758621/coccidiosis-sulmet-or-corrid/0_20
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    What else are you feeding?
     
  4. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    Medicated Chick Starter. Sorry, I forgot to write that down.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Judy's right about the Corid with coccidiosis. But I had a problem with 6 week olds and enteritis. I accidently saved them by having Tylan in the water as well.

    You can use the medicated water and make a mash. You can also use a tsp and dribble some on the side of their beak and eventually they will start lapping it up.
     
  6. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    What is enteritis in chickens?
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Enteritis is usually higher up in the small intestines. Necrotic enteritis is usually caused by clostridia, but I know that cocci or e. coli will move right in as well. The pullets I had, 6-8 weeks old, had no symptoms, just dropped dead during the night. Corid won't kill it but Tylan will. If corid's not helping you may want to think about using Tylan , or maybe amoxicillin with it. The difference is cocci is not a bacteria and clostridia is.
     

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