Last night we lost one of our girls to (what I believe was) coccidiosis. I first noticed she wasn’t herself on Sunday evening as she was walking with a slight wobble and lying down slightly more than she was standing up. She wasn’t as quick as the others to go in for the night, so I picked her up and put her in the coop and noticed she didn’t weigh as much as the others. A quick check on her the next morning showed not much had changed, but she was still getting from point A to point B. When I got home from work on Monday evening, she had been laying (in what we suspect) the same spot all day; there was a lot of moisture on her underside (morning dew?). Her comb had also become a pale pink color. We decided to separate her from the others and put it in “our” side of the coop with fresh water mixed with a little powdered 20% corid and a little Sav-A-Chick Electrolyte and Vitamin Supplement, chicken feed, and some Greek yogurt (for protein). I’m glad I had my Backyard Chicken First Aid Kit fully stocked. She immediate took a step towards the goods and drank some water and attempted to eat some Greek yogurt; however, she was uncoordinated and occasionally missing the Greek yogurt. In the morning my husband found her very stiff, so we believe she passed early in the night. It’s frustrating how quickly this can come about, and I wish I would have had more time to evaluate her; with work and volunteering at the local library on Monday, I really wasn’t able to check in with her as much as I’d like and see if/when she was eating/moving/pooping/etc.
On the agenda tonight, in an attempt to prevent any spread of the coccidiosis is:
- get fresh pine bedding (our go to for most chicken products is Tractor Supply Co.) for the coop to help remove contaminated poop and excess moisture
- wash the feeder with dish soap and provide fresh food
- wash the waterer with dish soap and provide fresh water each morning (this is a good practice always)
- add powdered 20% corid and Sav-A-Chick Electrolyte and Vitamin Supplement to their water
- keep a close eye on the girls and look for any symptoms
I’m hopeful these measures will keep the five girls healthy. I plan to use the powdered 20% corid for the next five days (recommended) and the Sav-A-Chick Electrolyte and Vitamin Supplement for an even week.
Here are a few resources I have found useful regarding coccidiosis:
The Chicken Chick – Coccidiosis: What Backyard Chicken keepers Should Know
Chicken Whisperer Magazine – Coccidiosis In Chickens: Transmission, diagnosis, and treatment