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No one with chickens should be without this, gentler than other cocci treatments but works better (and for other animals too!),
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The problem with the evolution of chickens in our lives as that many products are still made for them as though they are meant to live short lives, to lay eggs and then be eaten. For those of us who actually love our chickens, chemicals that hurt them but make them fine to eat after living a couple years are no longer an option we wish to have. Finally, studies have proven that shavings such as cedar really are toxic to them and now people care about that, and people care about how they treat them for illnesses.
I prefer preventative medicine first so that I never have to treat them. However, that's not always possible since I also rescue fowl.
(The best preventative for them is to put raw organic apple cider vinegar in their water often...just a small amount is a dewormer and does far more.)
Sulmet was used in the past to cure cocci (a parasite) but it's quite toxic to their little bodies as it does it.
What is cocci?
It is very common. Many chicks are born with it as it is passed down. It can be in the soil as well and caught many places. It's a top killer of baby chicks but if you don't give your baby chicks medicated feed to kill the cocci it can lay dormant and then multiply later in life when they are stressed such as during a hot spell, and kill them with no warning. So, even though I choose to go naturopathic and organic all the way, my baby chicks all get medicated starter feed to kill cocci they are born with.
That said, if a young hen comes to my care and I see the bloody stool and loose stool associated with cocci, this has to be on hand. It is a better treatment that is more mild to their bodies.
Their water needs to be changed daily so they have fresh medicine daily...1 tsp per gallon of water.
After the five days, I put a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in their water to help them feel better.
If you don't treat, the cocci eat away the intestinal lining and multiply rapidly...and because of how contagious this is, usually you lose most of your flock.
Once treated with this, however, it can help them become immune to cocci forever.
So there is no thought process when I know they have cocci....and there is no time to waste. This stays in the chicken medicine cabinet!
If you are using it for cattle, goats, etc. the directions for them are on the label. The affects are no different, you just need different quantities.
Also this leaves their system in about a week if you have egg laying chickens so there is no reason not to use it.
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Initial post: Apr 20, 2012 12:58:42 PM PDT
Colin Spence says:
It's kind of nice that you love chickens. But, and perhaps more importantly, you seem to know your stuff when it comes to things about their health and welfare.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 3:50:14 PM PDT
Thanks so much for noticing!
I try to learn everything about things I'm passionate about--and if I can help others by sharing info (and help animals) it means it's learning time well spent :-)
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 6:48:54 PM PDT
thank you so much!!!!! this is the info I needed and couldn't find.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2014 1:06:10 PM PDT
YA book junkie says:
I've been looking everywhere for this info. Backyardchicken.com, facebook poultry pages, ect. Thanks for making it simple!!!
Posted on Sep 15, 2014 11:58:58 AM PDT
do you know the dosage if the animal will not drink water to deliver via a syringe?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2014 12:12:25 PM PDT
I put mine in a bowl, remove the needle from the syringe of course, and just squirt it in that way. Just put a little in the front of the mouth and let them swallow as their windpipe is in the back and you don't want to accidentally squeeze it in.
Also if your pet it so ill that they are not eating or drinking then buy some full fat organic coconut milk and add olive oil to it and LOTS of turmeric. This will do many things and often heals my hens with no medicine. It's rich in fat and calories to keep them alive, can be administered through a syringe, is loaded with antioxidants but the coconut milk and turmeric have high healing properties. The fats in the olive oil and coconut milk are excellent carriers for the turmeric. Turmeric is one of the most powerful natural healers. It's an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a natural de-wormer. It heals so well that it will actually heal the holes left from parasites in their gut, according to studies, where nothing else will. Some of my chickens will drink the mixture on their own (and are often healed overnight even when very ill--others take a couple days) but some come in so ill (I have a chicken rescue) that it takes a few days but often this will cure them when medicine can't. So try both.
Don't use regular milk.
Posted on Jun 23, 2015 9:26:28 AM PDT
Has this ever been useful to treat sour crop? I have a blue splash maran with sour crop and ACV for a week hasn't cleared it up yet. She still is eating/drinking but I dont know how much is making it into her stomach because her crop is still swollen and she has lost a lot of weight. I think I got what was blocking up her crop out but the fungus/bad bacteria are still proliferating and she has bad smelling breath.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2015 10:06:02 AM PDT
sour crop is caused by something being lodged in her crop, like a long piece of grass. It has to be removed as it is blocking her food passage. If you feel you have removed it, get a syringe and a bowl of organic full fat coconut milk and load it with turmeric...LOAD it, that is a natural anti fungal and antibacterial (turmeric is) Add in some olive oil for fast calories, be very careful to just put the syringe in the tip of her mouth and let her swallow as the passage to their lungs in in the back of their throat which could drown her.
They digest their food every 2 hours so repeat a few times in a day and it should knock it out in a day or two if there is no other blockage. This cures really awful things and you may also find parasites that come out in her feces with this treatment because it cleanses the full body.
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