- Mar 12, 2012
I bought 4 chicks from a local breeder two weeks ago. They are now 6 weeks old and I noticed what looked like pinkish blood in a stool when I was cleaning there cage a few days ago. The were not, and are not, on medicated feed. They have been raised in a brooder inside since their arrival. I noticed yesterday that a stool had fresh blood in it So it's been about 5 days of slowly progressing blood. All chicks are feisty and eating and drinking. Nobody looks sick. In California you must have a vet see and test the chick to get antibiotics (about $100) so i was waiting to see what happened. I also found I could get the antibiotic online so I ordered it and hope it arrives today. I can then treat the flock. I'd like some feedback about what to do. Maybe it's not coccidiosis since its been almost a week and no onne looks or acts sick? I did let them eat some grass from the yard and gave them chick grit. Could she have acquired it from this? Should I go to the vet and just pay the money to save the chick or hold out for the antibiotic to hopefully arrive today or tomorrow? Clearly I am a city girl who struggles with letting nature just play out but $100 is not chump change. HELP!!!