This is coccidiosis, right? (warning: contains image of poop)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GardenTeacher, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. GardenTeacher

    GardenTeacher Out Of The Brooder

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    Chicken friends!

    Just found this on my droppings board. Just one looked like this. Not sure which chicken it came from...[​IMG]

    It's coccidiosis, right? I just want someone to confirm before I start treatment. I'm neurotic!
     
  2. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not necessarily.

    Chicken do shed the lining of their intestines, and it can LOOK like coccidiosis. Coral-colored urates are perfectly normal and appear in "overnight" droppings.

    Are any of your chickens showing signs of droopiness/listlessness, loss of appetite, pale combs/wattles, ruffled feathers, huddling or acting chilled, or diarrhea?

    I'd keep an eye out and monitor their behavior. Hunching is a pretty good indication that something is awry.

    It's a good idea to take note of which chickens roost where when you lock the coop up at night. They usually have their "spot" and stick to it. :)

    MrsB

    PS - Here are some photos of "coral urates" that AREN'T coccidiosis.

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    Chickens are tricksy beasties.
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Some might say that it's just shed intestinal lining, but when I see more than one I de-worm with Safeguard and/or treat for coccidiosis. How old are the birds and have they ever been wormed?

    -Kathy
     
  4. GardenTeacher

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    They are 8 months old. One has decided to molt (in the middle of a NY cold spell) but other than that, they seem pretty normal! And they've never really been wormed before.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    You could give them some Corid, that won't hurt. Can you buy some Valbazen wormer? Here is a Corid dose picture:

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    FWIW, I always assume severe and treat as such.

    Valbazen dose would be 0.08ml per pound orally and repeat in ten days.


    -Kathy
     
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  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I agree with Kathy. It's always, always better to err on the safe side and treat to rule out coccidiosis. If by chance that bird is maybe brewing a case it's much easier treated sooner then later when it is more advanced. The farther along it gets the less chance you have of saving the bird. Corid is such a safe medication, you just can't go wrong by running a course of treatment, even if this didn't turn out to be coccidiosis.
     
  7. GardenTeacher

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    What's the ratio of corid to water? 1stp of corid liquid per how much water?
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Did you not see the picture? It says all doses are per US Gallon. [​IMG]

    Liquid dose is 2 teaspoons per gallon for 5-7 days, then 1/2 teaspoon per gallon for 5-7 days.

    -Kathy
     
  9. GardenTeacher

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    Ooops. Multi-tasking. I see it now!! Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  10. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. If there are multiple instances of bloody poops, definitely.

    I get one every now and again, and as long as my birds are acting okay, I usually leave them be.

    I do have Corid and Valbazen on standby... Just in case. >.>

    MrsB
     

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