Smelling Cocci?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by PepsNick, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Are you able to smell cocci in your flock? If not, is there a way to find out if your flock has it?
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I don't know that you can smell cocci, but you can smell the blood in their poops. GI bleeding has a distinctive odor. NASTY!!

    All flocks have some cocci in them, but birds build up an immunity to the effects of it. They will only show signs of cocci when their systems get overwhelmed either by being exposed to massive quantities of the bug or by a weakened immunity due to poor condition.
     
  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Quote:Alright, thank you! Can you SEE the blood in their poop, though?
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Oh, yes. It is very obvious.

    My birds got cocci last year and in one day their coop looked like a murder had taken place. Blood everywhere. A quick course of Sulmet resolved it in record time.

    Good luck.
     
  5. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Quote:ehh, yuck. thanks. my flock doesn't have it (so i think) but good to know for the future!
     

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