I canít find a treatment for coccidiosis for chickens in the UK?

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Hi all,

Some of you may have seen my previous thread about my poor chicken dying abruptly last week. Well, another one of my chickens is now sick and Iím pretty sure that itís coccidiosis. Iíve tried to purchase some treatment for it but canít seem to find any online for poultry in the UK. My neighbour keeps pigeons and handed me an unopened bottle of coccidiosis treatment for pigeons but Iím not sure if this will be okay to use?

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I don't think that is something you can buy without a vet prescription Cal and I am really not sure about the pigeon treatment.

If you think that it is coccidiosis, I'd recommend you consult a vet.  We have a list here and also a link to another site that also has a list of vets who are good with poultry.

https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=26140.0


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Poultry can have  coccodiosis and be fine, but I would take hen to vet. They have to see what strain for antibiotics to work. Why do you think this is coccidosis?
hunched, diarrhea, lower eat and drink,ruffled feathers, pale face
most birds can be hunched and not have this. Commercial are innoculated
« Last Edit: November 01, 2020, 11:55 by grinling »

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Hi everybody. Thanks so much for your help. I fear Iím just stressing due to one of my hens passing last week. My girls are currently being wormed and Iím scrubbing the coop like mad every few days. I donít think itís coccidiosis anymore considering all 8 of my girls (one who has passed) are commercial hens so would have been vaccinated. I think the panic in me is disregarding facts.

My problem is that all my girls seem absolutely fine but then I catch one on an off moment and stress about. Occasionally one of my girls will be puffed up and hunched low and appear to be falling asleep in the middle of the day. It seems to be different ones all the time. Iím totally at a loss.

Their breathing is fine. I treat the coop heavily with mite spray. The only thing I can think of is that theyíre molting at the moment? A few of them are shedding feathers like mad. No snot or or mucus anything like that. Two of the bats consistently donít look in good condition. Their combs are a little lighter than the others and they seem to have white crust/flakes constantly appear on the top of their heads. I just canít seem to find any mites and they have access to dust baths most days - plus I treat the coop with mite spray and DE. Does it seem like mites?

I have noticed if Iím honest at the moment the girls arenít always roosting in the same places. Sometimes theyíre all on the perches, sometimes some are on the floor etc. Tonight 6 were on the perches and one was on the floor. I even ran a tissue underneath the perches tonight to check for red mite and couldnít find anything.

Iím really at a loss on what to do? Any help would be really appreciated Iím so sorry to keep asking for it.

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See this thread about how hens can have flakes of white on their heads at the end of moulting.

https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=133692.msg1543584#msg1543584

A heavy parasite load can drag a hen down, so while they are in the process of being wormed, it may take a week or so before they perk back up.  Also moulting can be a bit wearisome for them.  Sleeping during the day is not uncommon.   Mine often stuff themselves, then have a siesta.  Combs go darker and redder when a hen is laying and go pale when off lay.  Moulting usually means they stop laying.

I think you are maybe stressing and then every little thing seems like disaster, but if they are eating and drinking that is a good start.  You are being vigilant with checking the coop and making sure it is clean, so that is another good thing.  Their breathing is OK - that is another plus.

Ex-bats have been pushed hard and they donít have long lives really.  It is quite common to lose them within a year or so of getting them, but they will have had a heck of a time in retirement while they were with you.  Just because 1 didnít make it, it doesnít mean the rest will follow any time soon.

Try and relax, but donít worry about asking for advice  :)




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Thank you so much New shoot for your encouraging and thoughtful reply. Yes I think they may just be going through molting and like you say they have been pushed to the extremes during their lives so Iím just going to stop stressing as much and step back and let them enjoy their retirement with me. It does seem like their white dusts on their head is down to their molting and Iíll wait it out a couple of weeks whilst they are wormed and get over their worming. Thank you so much. :) x

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I thought one of my girls had this and took them to the vets.  I was told that the medicine would cost £80 and they could get it in for Monday (this was Saturday).   She had a wee look online and found that Verm-X sold by Pets at Home was recommended.  I went straight there and got some (cost £15) and the hen recovered.  Now I don't know that the hen actually had coccidiosis because they were ex bats and I hadn't known they were inoculate but whatever good it did, it certainly didn't do any harm.

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Verm X is a worm preventative, contains lots of herbs, Flubenvet is a curative.

Ex bats can live 3 to 4 years, but the breed produces loads of eggs and are auto sexed, year 3 and 4 not a lot of eggs.
Sooty, a Scot's Dumpy, is staying inside the house quite a bit as she is moulting, this also includes scales on legs.
I have a Haynes manual on chickens, which is very helpful on all aspects of chicken keeping with lots of pictures.

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Cal.

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Great to hear Debz.

Going to purchase that manual now Grinling after your recommendation and reading reviews. Thank you :)

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The Haynes manual is a good one Cal.  I am sure you will find it useful.

I donít know if you have found the poultry pages on the main part of the site, but there are a lot of advice articles in there as well  :)

https://www.chickens.allotment-garden.org/



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