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sick chicks/cocci

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kimfeatherfriends123, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. kimfeatherfriends123

    kimfeatherfriends123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2010
    boonville, in
    I have some chicks that have blood in their stool. If they have never been outside can they get cocci? Is is spread any other way but the soil???
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    See if it is shed intestinal lining (normal) vs. real bloody poos.

    You should not see liquid blood if it is shed intestinal lining.

    Definitely it comes from the soil, but I have heard of a case where the chickens had never been outside and they got it anyway (this told to me by a breeder). Medicated feed doesn't totally prevent it all the time, either, but it helps.

    Once they are sick with it, you are supposed to treat with medication, not medicated feed, as the amount of amprolium in the feed won't be enough. (They can stay on the medicated feed anyway, though.)
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Here is information on treatment:
    liquid Corid is in the cattle section at the feed store

    The dosage mentioned is 5 ml per gallon but mentions that in severe outbreaks dosage is double that. What is usually recommended on BYC by people is 9.5 ml per gallon.

    I thought I would mention that twice in the past I have had to treat twice, as after the initial 5 day treatment, the bloody poo came back after several days.

    You can also give Sulmet which is in the poultry section of the feed store. I have only given Corid myself, and have heard it is better.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Coccidiosis is a swift killer of chicks. Some may or may not be dead tomorrow if you cannot start treatment today. Just to let you know that also silent damage is done to the intestine which may stay with them their whole lives in terms of egglaying and health potential. They also have painful tummies.

    The above is assuming they do have coccidiosis.
  5. kimfeatherfriends123

    kimfeatherfriends123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2010
    boonville, in
    thanks for the info..I'm going to treat them just to be safe.....
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    It is pretty easy to get cocci into brooder by bringing something contaminated from outside and putting it into brooder. Cocci in brooder have been more problematic than cocci outside. The brooder environment concentrates / intensifies the exchange of cocci from bird to bird since chicks more inclined to eat each others poo.

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