will antibiotics from feed store treat coccidia?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by o-townchicken, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. o-townchicken

    o-townchicken In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2011
    i am the one who has lost several chicks to coccidia(?) i live a ways from town. the closest farm store i could get to today only had antibiotics for their water. will this treat the cocci? the corrid that everyone talks about, can i get that from a regular feed store or do i have to go to a vet?

    the rest of my 6 chicks seem to be doing well. there is one that was droopy and puffed. put the antibiotics in the water. she is eating well and drinking. but, she is still puffed up and wont stop chirping. should i give it more time? i feel helpless, dont know what to do. oh, also under her butt is greasy. i keep washing it with wet q-tips, but still looks gross......???
  2. o-townchicken

    o-townchicken In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2011
    the antibiotic is tetracycline hydrochloride
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    antibiotics will be useless im afraid. you need an anticoccidial/sulpha based drug

    amprolium, clopidol, Baycox, ESB-3, Toltrazuri, sulmet, corrid are just a few names and ive read of folic acid being useful but dont know how true that is?

    raw untreated milk can help soothe the chickens insides too...its an old fashioned approach to coccidiose but worked in the olden days so why not now? if you live out in the country or have cows yourself perhaps try giving the chickens some of the milk (maybe bread soaked in it if they wont drink it neat)
    hopefully someone else will come along shortly with more advice for you [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    You can order corid from Jefferslivestock.com or call them. I recommend the 9.6% oral liquid corid.
  5. tandersphoenix

    tandersphoenix Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Also while you are waiting for the medication to be sent if you have to order it; Raw Apple Cider Vinegar will help as it kills bacteria and is very good for the birds as well. Cocci is a bacterial illness. I mix it in 5% in their water.. It works to help prevent Cocci and will not treat it but it may help some if you have to wait a few days..
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Quote:ACV is definitely beneficial for chickens in many ways, especially helping with calcium absorption....cocci is a protazoa and there are different kinds. ACV wont prevent coccidia.
  7. GhostRider65

    GhostRider65 Songster

    Mar 6, 2011
    NE Wisconsin
    Before doing the antibiotic route try this my nighbor found it online somewhere and swears by it.

    for the treatment of
    4 lbs. of dried milk
    2 lbs. of corn meal
    2 lbs. of oatmeal
    1 lb. of bran

    This should be fed for 3-
    5 days with no other feed
    except greens.
    (why this works):
    the large amount of milk
    makes the chicks thirsty
    causing them to drink.
    The milk sugar will
    turn acid in the
    stomach and the
    added water will
    flush out the system.
  8. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Sulmet seems to be pretty common at feed stores. Call around and ask before getting out to save you some time and gas money.
  9. o-townchicken

    o-townchicken In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2011
    thank you so much everyone for all of the advice. i really love this website. everyone is so helpful. i and my remaining chicks thank you.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have even added dry milk granules to the starter crumble during a bout with coccidiosis. Raw milk is an old remedy farmers used to use, and probably still do---the flush above does seem to help.

    Cocci is very common, more like having worms than an actual disease, since it's caused by a protozoan, not a bacteria or virus, which is why antibiotics aren't the way to go to fix it. In humid, warm climates, it's more widespread. There are 9 types of oocycsts that cause it, and the birds eventually become immune to the ones in your soil, though if they go to another location that has a type your soil does not, they could come down with cocci as an older bird. The oocycsts feed off the B vitamin, thiamine, so amprolium in the feeds and in Corid is a thiamine-blocker. It starves out the oocysts, basically.

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