Question about possible Cocci (sp?) New to chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Heiko27, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Heiko27

    Heiko27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got two little 2 weeks old-ish chicks like a week ago. I got what I think is a Silkie x. He seemed sleepy for a few days but then began passing dark colored, foul smelling poo, like kind of dark reddish brown and nothing solid. I watched him for a few days and he got better. Or his poo would look normal and solid and not stink most of the time. So then I got a second blue laced red wyandotte young chick. Her passings seemed fine, then they occasionally would be dark, runny and stink. Then his would periodically be foul again. They seem to both be doing better- they are alert, eating and drinking but sometimes really sleepy. And having less gross poo. I don't know what is normal chick behavior and could this possibly be cocci of which so many people talk about in chicks? I change their bedding everyday and they are living in a box right now in my house. They seem normal but maybe something a little off?
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Here is the FAMOUS poop chart: http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

    What
    you are seeing is Ceacal poop an is VERY normal..they can pass this every 5-10 poops...It is brownish/maroon and STINKS an usually has a thin pudding Consistency.

    As far as sleepy...what do you mean...so they nap a LOT during the day, or seem warn out?

    You may want to give them some vitamins in their water for a few days.

    Best Wishes,
    Laura
     
  3. Heiko27

    Heiko27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya they nap a lot, don't seem worn out now. But when they are napping they seem to be really sleepy and don't really move if there are noises by them. And ya I looked at the poop chart and ya I'm sure its ceacal poo now. Oh and just a question- if that is normal why do they have it? Thanks! Its nice to not be so worried now
     
  4. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    It is just a way to clean out their lower system...the older they get the more all of their poop will Stink [​IMG]

    As baby chicks, mine took naps too, and if I walked in on it i could swear they were dead [​IMG]

    As long as they eat, rink and poop alright...I would not worry about it [​IMG]
     
  5. Heiko27

    Heiko27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know, thanks!
     

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