Non emergency illness


6 Years
Feb 18, 2016
Out of 30 assorted red chickens that are 6-ish months old 2 are noticeably smaller than the others with pale legs and combs and missing toenails. Of the two, the smallest one also has ratty looking feathers and missing feathers on top of her head. Worms? Coccidia? Mites? Would any of those cause the missing toenails?
Those two could just be runts or low in pecking order where they might be kept from food and water. You can get them checked for coccidiosis and worms by taking in a few fresh droppings (separate them overnight in a dog crate before) to your local vet. Or just get some Corid and give them a 5-7 day treatment of Corid. For worming, I would get some SafeGuard Liquid Goat Wormer and give them 1/4 ml per pound once and again in 10 days. Some rare worms need 3-5 days of treatment, so a fecal test is helpful.

Missing toenails can be due to frostbite on toe tips or from injuries on wire fencing. Pictures can help.

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