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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MavisMama, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. MavisMama

    MavisMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost my Sultan cockerel yesterday; 2 days ago I noticed bloody mucousy stools & yesterday my little guy was "down" - I offered him water, which he drank, but he didn't rally, so I took him to the vet & he had a temp of 104, fecal float (-). He was injected with banamine & a couple of antibiotics, when I got home & took him out of the car he convulsed & died in my arms. I feel so bad.

    Now I'm really concerned about my others - I have been adding Corid to the drinking water (10cc/gal. new daily) - I found 2 mucousy stools today, my others are more docile than normal but are up, eating (but not as enthusiastically) & drinking. It's also interesting that my others are hanging around me more today - I held their brother yesterday while he was sick & they were very concerned then - now it seems they're looking to me for "where'd he go?" & being more clucky-vocal. I love how we're bonding, but very worried that I'll lose them, too.

    Okay - I know these are chickens and they're not supposed to be smart, but these Sultans seem to be different.

    I'm looking for help here - it's my responsibility to provide a healthy environment. I pick out the coop & pen daily, fresh water daily, feed (packaged chicken feed to include calf manna supplement) fresh morning & afternoon. I bed with packaged pine shavings . I read that coccidiosis can manifest in dirt - I draped the outdoor pen with a plastic tarp, covered with pine shavings & "play sand" from Ace Hardware. Also include packaged "grit" with their environment - I scatter it around in their pen.

    Also, the chickens have outside time daily - they're not cooped up all day long. Mavis runs around more, takes her dirt baths, eats bugs.. the newbies are more into discovering but not as aggressively so.

    I am open to all suggestions and criticism - I want to get this chicken thing right.

    Thanks

    Mavis Mom, Sturgeon Bay, WI
    PS - Mavis is fine. She is a scrappy little gal & not looking ill, still producing daily eggs, although she, too, hangs around me more to see what's wrong.
     
  2. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mavis: I am so sorry to hear about your loss!! It definitely sounds like Cocci. Cocci likes warm moist environments to "grow" It sounds like you are doing a great job caring for your flock. The most important thing is to prevent moisture in the bedding. I would recommend continuing treatment with the rest of them. Good luck!
     
  3. MavisMama

    MavisMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi - not sure whether I replied in the midst of the crisis, but wanted to be sure to thank you. Everything seems to be under control now, thank God. We've had some long rains , which makes it hard to keep things dry but including the tarp, shavings, sand & grit has helped a lot. The garlic & Corid have appeared to do the trick with no more mucousy stools & happy, relaxed chickens.
    Again, thanks for caring & for helping. This web site has literally been a life saver. Wish I would've known this stuff in time to save little Frosting.
     

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