New and overwhelmed by the possibility of disease!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gypsy-Girl, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Gypsy-Girl

    Gypsy-Girl Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2016
    Coeur d'Alene
    So...I've always been an "over researcher" which is mostly good, but sometimes it can be completely overwhelming! This will be my first flock, and I probably have already dove in over my head! [​IMG] I have 5 Cochin Bantam chicks, 4 Khaki Campbell ducklings, and 3 Welsh Harlequin ducklings coming sometime next week. Of course I'm super excited, but, I'm also a little nervous. I keep reading about all these different diseases and problems that can occur and I'm curious as to the actual likeliness that my "fluffies" will catch or have any of these problems! I'm mostly concerned about 'Coccidiosis' because we have TONS of wild turkeys on our property. I do understand that there is a mortality rate and I'm trying to prepare my self in case...I just want to make sure I give these little guys the best start as possible! Maybe if I could hear some of your experiences, and any advise would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    You can buy medicated chick feed that will help build up an immunity to cocci, but not prevent it necessarily.

    You may also wish to read up on what vaccinations are recommended in your area (state or county agric board, or maybe give a hatchery a call and ask their advice).

    All the best

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