not sure whats up......loose poop....

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  1. crazypoultrychx

    crazypoultrychx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few chickens that have redish loose stool.....any idea what I can do and what is wrong>>?? I am at a loss....
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Coccidiosis may be a possibility if it is bloody. Symptoms are lethargy, puffing up, poor appetite, and diarrhea, sometimes with blood. Treatment is Corid (amprollium) for 5-7 days. Dose is 1 tsp powder or 2 tsp liquid.
     
  3. crazypoultrychx

    crazypoultrychx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are not lethargic...........they are eating good.......free range......no blood in the poop just loosed and reddish......like baby poop......
     
  4. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be something they ate? Have they been into berries or anything that would produce a reddish loose stool?
     
  5. crazypoultrychx

    crazypoultrychx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there arent any berries around here that I know of.......I was thinking about going to get them some yogurt today......and giving them some extras grits and bread see if I can stop it that way.....like I sd....I am just at a loss......
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Cat food will also cause a color change, but if you do decide to treat for coccidiosis, the dose is as follows:

    The severe outbreak dose (.024%) for Corid Powder is 1.5 teaspoons
    The severe outbreak dose (.024%) for Corid liquid is 2 teaspoon.

    The moderate outbreak dose (.012%) for Corid Powder is 3/4 teaspoon.
    The moderate outbreak dose (.012%) for Corid liquid is 1 teaspoon.

    The 006% for Corid Powder is 1/3 teaspoon.
    The 006% for Corid liquid is 1/2 teaspoon.

    FDA recommendations:
    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/animaldrugsatfda/details.cfm?dn=013-149
    "Chickens
    Indications: For the treatment of coccidiosis.
    Amount: Administer at the 0.012 percent level in drinking water as soon as coccidiosis is diagnosed and continue for 3 to 5 days (in severe outbreaks, give amprolium at the 0.024 percent level); continue with 0.006 percent amprolium-medicated water for an additional 1 to 2 weeks."


    And this link has these instructions:
    http://www.drugs.com/vet/amprol-9-6-solution-can.html
    "Poultry - as Soon As Caecal Coccidiosis Is Diagnosed, Give 0.024% Amprolium In The Drinking Water For 5 To 7 Days. Continue The Treatment With 0.006% Amprolium Medicated Water For An Additional One To Two Weeks. No Other Source Of Drinking Water Should Be Available To The Birds During This Time."

    Bottom line, 1 teaspoon (540mg) of powder is equal to 5.625ml of liquid and 1/2 teaspoon powder (270mg) is equal to 2.8125ml liquid.

    1/2 teaspoon of 20% powder = 2.8125ml of 9.6% liquid - Both have 270mg of amprolium.
    3/4 teaspoon of 20% powder = 4.21875ml of 9.6% liquid - Both have 405mg of amprolium.
    1 teaspoon of 20% powder = 5.625ml of 9.6% liquid - Both have 540mg of amprolium.
    1.5 teaspoons of 20% powder =8.4375ml of 9.6% liquid - Both have 810mg of amprolium.
    1.75 teaspoons of 20% powder = 9.84375ml of 9.6% liquid - Both have 945mg of amprolium.

    2 teaspoons of 20% powder = 11.25ml of 9.6% liquid - Both have 1080mg of amprolium.

    More Corid info here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/818879/updated-corid-and-amprol-amprolium-dosing

    -Kathy
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If you're worried, feed them nothing but lay crumble and the color should return to normal in less than 24 hours.

    -Kathy
     
  8. crazypoultrychx

    crazypoultrychx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is there a way I can test them for coccidiosis......cause it could be the cat food......and I would hate to treat them as they are our laying hens.....and I would hate to loose the eggs....if I do treat them I guess I cant eat the eggs for 30 days correct???
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If you use Corid there is no egg withdrawal--you can eat the eggs. If your chickens aren't showing any of the symptoms, are eating/drinking fine, they are probably okay. Just stop feeding anything but chicken feed as Casportpony said--then see if their stools are still red. Many cat foods use dye that will affect stools. Your vet can test a collective stool sample for coccidiosis--many chickens will have some coccidia in their stools normally though. You also might consider worming them with Valbazen or Safeguard liquid wormer.
     
  10. crazypoultrychx

    crazypoultrychx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if I worm them I cant consume the eggs for 30 days after correct???
     

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