Sick Chick - possible coccidia?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Buddingwisdom, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Buddingwisdom

    Buddingwisdom New Egg

    Jul 14, 2015
    We have 5 day old chicks (4 sexlinks and 1 Sicilian buttercup). The Sicilian Buttercup, who was very alert with typical behaviour suddenly changed behaviour today. We have twice wiped poop off its back feathers to avoid pasty butt. Is drinking but not eating. We have seen one poop, but doesn't seem very healthy looking to me (dark brown with portion of red, picture attached, sitting on a shaving).

    Haven't had any experience with coccidia - could this be the culprit? If so, what steps to take?

  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    It definitely wouldn't be a bad idea to go ahead and treat for coccidiosis. Here is a link with information on how to properly mix up and dose the various forms of amprolium to treat: You can (and should) treat all the chicks as it won't hurt them. Clean the brooder out daily to remove the coccidia cysts from their environment.

    After the treatment is complete, give a vitamin supplement containing thiamine for a day or two.

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