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one dead chicken and 3 more with bloody vents need help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenherders, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. chickenherders

    chickenherders Out Of The Brooder

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    The boys went out to feed and gather eggs and one hen in dead with a gaping bloody vent. After taking her out I noticed that two others have bloody backsides and noticed that it is coming from their vents. One more looks like it might just be starting. I haven't been out for a few days, but the boys haven't noticed anything before today either - of course this doesn't mean that it all happened in a day, the chicken herders are 6 and 8.
     
  2. Debbiesflocks

    Debbiesflocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could this be a case of vent pecking? I would do a internet search and read about vent pecking in poultry.
     
  3. Oldfort_mailman

    Oldfort_mailman "The Fortfather"

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    If it doesnt look like a physical injury i would seriously be thinking cocidiosis and would give them corid or amprolium. Corid wont hurt them and if you do a search on this forum for corid i think you put between eight and ten ml per gallon of water in their waterer. Treat them for five days straight. Definitely double check my figures first though before administering the dosage.
     
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  4. melodie_a

    melodie_a Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I am pretty new to chickens so I can't be of much help... but I'll give you a bump and hopefully someone with more experience will answer you soon. Good luck with your girls.
     
  5. chickenherders

    chickenherders Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your input. I don't think this is vent pecking, although the other chickens are pecking at the affected chickens. I've been reading and I think it is coccidiosis. Looks like I didn't find it quickly, so I will go to the feed store and get the corid to treat. We will see what happens. We have had chickens for 6 years with much success, but we have had a lot of rain of late and moist conditions seem to add to the problem. The chicken herders are sad.
     
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  6. FlyingFChick

    FlyingFChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope the corid works. So sorry for your little chicken herders! [​IMG]
    My "chicken herder" is 5 and I would hate for her to find one of her chickens dead.
     
  7. chickenherders

    chickenherders Out Of The Brooder

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    I am wondering about the eggs with the cocci and also while treating it with corid, Are the eggs OK to eat?
     

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