I appreciate your advice yesterday. The only thing to do is learn from it right? I'm going to keep treating the all for a week and do a clean of where she was kept to prevent the others from getting sick. But now I know that the puffed up nature and a tail down is a sign of an issue. This did happen super quickly though, in about two days. I appreciate this forum for the guidance and info.I'm sorry for your loss.
Thank you for that. I will definitely keep that information handy. She seemed so fine the 11th through the 13th. The 14th her feathers were ruffled but I thought it was from the temp dropping drastically from 84 to 60. I know for the future now. I wish I would've thought or noticed something was off earlier to save her. But I'll learn from the mistake and keep the others under a watchful eye.It's possible if treatment was started sooner, perhaps she wouldve pulled through. Coccidiosis is tough to deal with in the first place. Once the protozoa gets out of control in the chickens guts, it's a tough recovery and they can go downhill quickly.
I always have a bottle of Corid on hand just in case, and there has been a couple of times it has helped chicks/pullets recover when I've noticed anything out of the ordinary.
If you ever see blood in feces from chick or pullet, it's also coccidiosis and more deadly. It requires a different medication, a sulfa drug such as SMZ-TMP or sulfadimethoxine. This is just for your information.
Thank you. I'll definitely be checking everyone over and keeping all of this in mind. This is my first time getting chickens and no one in my family for about two generations has owned land or had farm animals or chickens haha so I'm learning from some books and YouTube. Sometimes the best learning tool is hands on experience. I've done well holding off the neighborhood dogs and chicken hawks galore though 😅I'm sorry Kristen. I know this isn't what you wanted to be the outcome. You tried and that counts for a lot.
Sadly this is a part of keeping chickens. So often they leave us and we never know the reason. All we can do is try to spot trouble right away. They say the eyes are the window to the soul. That is very true of chickens. If you don't see round, bright looking eyes something is up. That's usually the first indication something isn't right.
Thank you. I'll keep them all together and just keep treating the water. Have you seen anyone make mash for younger chickens with corid and their regular food?Don't separate her unless that's the only way you can treat her. It's stressful for them to not be with their own.
I don't want to scare you but call your state ag vet. Check to see if they've seen anything in your area for any signs of flu or other bird problems. They don't have any respiratory signs so there may not be.
What medicines would you recommend to stock up on? Seeing as corid was labeled for cattle at tractor supply, I'm not sure what all I could get that I may possibly need in the future. Now I know I can stock up on corid. Lol We have meat rabbits, too. I beat be doing some research before June.Speaking of antibiotics, now is the time to buy them. The FDA is putting a halt to it in June sometime and will require a vet script $$$$.
Yes. But you have to be sure they're eating it. They will do the action but don't really eat when they feel bad. You could try other not healthy things like mashed up fruit with some of the water mix. Mashed yolk of a hard boiled egg.Thank you. I'll keep them all together and just keep treating the water. Have you seen anyone make mash for younger chickens with corid and their regular food?
I'll see if I can find the number and see if anything a been going on.
Oh that's a great suggestion! I'll make them a snack later this afternoon and add the water to it. Thanks so much!Yes. But you have to be sure they're eating it. They will do the action but don't really eat when they feel bad. You could try other not healthy things like mashed up fruit with some of the water mix. Mashed yolk of a hard boiled egg.
I squished up some peaches, removed the juice and replaced it with a good amount of the Corid water. I can say I have never seen them go that crazy over a snack 😂 I watched each group and the ones that I was concerned about did eat some. So I feel a bit better. Hopefully we continue on that trend!Yes. But you have to be sure they're eating it. They will do the action but don't really eat when they feel bad. You could try other not healthy things like mashed up fruit with some of the water mix. Mashed yolk of a hard boiled egg.
That's interesting about the spoon. I'll remember that.Just don't overdo the fruit. It will give them the squirts. You might try some cooked oatmeal with a little sugar in it. You can brighten it with a couple of chopped strawberries or blueberries. Sometimes birds like yoghurt.
You can offer it on a shiny metal spoon. The shiny attracts them and you can really see if they are eating it. That's for the birds that are more down than the others.