Coccidiosis In Chickens

Coccidiosis In Chickens: Transmission, Diagnosis, and Treatment

by Maurice Pitesky | Chicken Whisperer

As a poultry owner, understanding common diseases is an essential tool to prevent and treat outbreaks. Avian intestinal coccidiosis is a common protozoal gastrointestinal (GI) parasite that primarily affects young chickens. Clinical signs include mucus-like or bloody diarrhea, dehydration, anemia, listlessness, ruffled feathers, stunted growth, and death… CONTINUE READING

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  1. Hi Amy , we’ve just had our first experience with tick paralysis. Not a good outcome.

      1. Hi Amy, I wished I had never had experience with this also as it had taken our last silkie rooster.
        It began with noticing his walk was a bit different. He began hopping around favoring one leg to the other. We had caught a snake in the coop and thought maybe he entangled with it and was bit or he had something in his foot. We inspected and found nothing. If it had been a snake bite from a non poisonous snake I was thinking over time it would improve. Watching him closely everyday for over two weeks the condition worsened. He was no longer able to stand at all so we confined him to his pen. Checking our other poultry we have a hen that is losing her feathers in certain areas (just the one hen) and I walked by our rooster hutch when I noticed on the base of the roosters tail that he had a raised “tag” on him that indicated to me that ticks are abundant. Wanting to make sure, I googled ticks on chickens and came upon “tick paralysis” and read further to concur that it began in the leg and traveled causing more paralysis throughout the entire body. Two weeks had passed and the only part of our silkie rooster that was not yet paralyzed was his head. He was still able to eat but not able to move. It was necessary for me to end his torture as he was becoming a meal for other things. I never found the tick but by this time it had already entered the bloodstream and there was nothing more to be done. Since then I have been spraying everything with a solution of cider vinegar, dishsoap, garlic juice and oil as was recommended by another site. Spraying the coops, the ground, the chickens. Ours are free range all day and they are in the woods as well. Its all apart of nature’s design. Just doing the best we can for our animals. We do miss our silkies.

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