Coccidiosis- Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis.
I got 5 chickens 4 weeks ago, that were about 4-8 weeks old then.
Since then some of their dropping have had- red bits that look like blood, pink muscousy bits that look
like bit of there intestine lining, some watery tan diarrhea and some dropping
with food not digested well.
These are similar to descriptions of droppings of chickens affected by the internal protozoa
parasite coccidia that cause
The youngest is a Rhode Island Red and I think she has been having the most diarrhea. 3 bantams and a
Light Sussex are a bit older, and seem to be less affected or have developed
Other symptoms of coccidiosis are- weakness, droopiness, hunched posture, aenemia, loss of
appetite and interest in drinking water, slow growth and frequently death.
These chicken haven’t had any of these symptoms, and have continued to be very active, with good
appetites, bright eyed, growing well and have looked healthy from the outside,
so I am confused about this diagnosis.
The pink and red bits in their droppings don’t seem to be worms.
Campylobacteriosis and necrotic enteritis are also said to cause mucousy, bloody diarrhea.
The person I got them from gave some starter feed that contains a coccidiostat and some coxiprol to put in
their drinking water.
I have also been giving them the option of- water with garlic and cider vinegar added and rejuvinac. Also sprouted
wheat and chopped up greens( comfrey, gotu kola, parsley, onions, garlic,
plantain, clover, puha, clevers, dandelion, spinach, lettuce, silver beet) and
ginger mixed with slippery elm and yoghurt as recommended in books by Alanna
Moore and Kay Baxter. These contain prebiotics, probiotics and vitamins that I
hoped would improve their intestine health.
I have also been trying to practice good hygiene.
The prognosis of chicken that have a severe attack of coccidiosis is said to be not good, with high
death rates and birds that survive seldom become good egg layers and are more
vulnerable to other diseases.
I don’t think I can afford to take them to a vet and get tests done to find out which of
the 9 different coccidia may be affecting them to get a more effective
antibiotic medicine, and I think a Christchurch City vet who is not a
specialist in chickens may not be able to tell me anything that is helpful.
If they looked weak and unwell on the outside then I would need to consider putting them down, but when
they still look well and active I don’t know what to do.
Any recommendations anyone?
I have attached photos of the chickens yesterday and a couple of droppings photos.
Thank you for your reply.
I have been feeding them a starter crumble but there preference has been for the other feeds. I started giving them a different type of crumble today which they seem to like better and are eating more.
They have been eating quite a lot of sand grit from the garden and I will get them some shell grit also to make sure they are getting enough calcium.