My healthy chicks have been exposed to cocci, what can/should I do?

Poppi

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Jun 3, 2011
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So I have a flock of 4 chicks who have been very healthy. They are about 6 weeks old and just went into their coop yesterday with a heat lamp. Lovely, healthy, happy birds.

So I did something ridiculously stupid today. I picked up 2 similarly aged chickens from a local farm and popped them into the coop. A little voice in the back of my head said, "Hey, a quarantine would be a good idea" but like a big stupid idiot I ignored that voice.

An hour later I checked on them and everything seemed fine. An hour after that there was bloody liquid poop in a few spots on the coop bedding. I grabbed the new birds and stuck them into quarantine. They are going back to their original owner this evening. I also cleaned up all the bloody poop I could find.

Are my girls going to be okay? Should I toss all 17 cubic feet of bedding I just put in yesterday? Anything else I can do?

Thank you
 
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silkieroo

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Apr 14, 2010
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Are they on medicated feed?? I would definetly ditch the bedding... just in case. However if your chicks are healthy i wouldn't be TO concerned. But hopefully someone with more experience with cocci will answer. I've never had to deal with it. Knock on wood!!
Good Luck!!
 

ReikiStar

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May 3, 2011
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Keep an eye on them, have meds handy and don't sweat it. If anything, you've just introduced their immune systems to cocci which can lead to immunity. Consider it a lesson learned on mandatory quarantining.
 

Poppi

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8 Years
Jun 3, 2011
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Thank you.

I can't seem to track down meds here at the farm stores so I guess you have to get it from a vet. I've cleaned the best I can and now I hope. I didn't realize how attached I was to my girls until this moment. I'm so upset and worried. How many days until I know for sure they're out of danger?

And yes, I've learned my lesson about quarantine. I knew better than that.
 

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