Chicken Troubles — 10 Comments

  1. Jamie,
    I heard about your chicken troubles from Lisa. We had the same problem about a year ago. Several became very ill, could not walk, and died within 24 hours. I called a friend who owns 300+ chickens and he said to go straight to Southern States and pick up Corid, which is a coccidiostat. It is marketed for cattle but works on fowl as well. You add the Corid to their drinking water over a period of 5 days and this prevents any further spread or illness. I can’t remember how much Corid to add,but I am sure the people @ SS would know. It worked immediately. I have had no further problems, and I do not worm them. Sorry about your losses 🙁

    • Thank you! I didn’t use that product, but I did use an avian dewormer specifically for coccidiosis so you could be exactly right. The survivors started to improve within 24-48 hours. This is our first time with this problem, so I hope it doesn’t continue. Several people have email me that they are having worm problems for the first time too in their chickens and think it’s because of the mild winter. I don’t know. I’m not a fan of chemicals, so now that they seem to have pulled through the worst of it, I’m hoping there’s a better long term solution.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your chickens!! I always cringe when I hear someone make a comment that if the economy were to go south that they would just get themselves some animals. Um….it doesnt’ work that way!!!!! Raising animals has such a HUGE learning curve.

    Hmmm, as far as deworming goes. Not that chickens couldn’t get worms, although with the warmer than usual winter most of us had, making it more likely, but that is usually not my first thought (unless they have loose stools). I buy the same herbal wormer as another posted from Fias Co. Farm. I will sprinkle some in their feed in the beginning of spring.

    You can treat any animal with homeopathy. If most of them all have the same symptoms then I would find the remedy you think matches their overall symptoms and put a few pellets in their water (using a dropper to get the water into them if necessary). I know that from a classical standpoint you are to use one remedy at a time, but if I’m stuck on picking the right one, I do make up a combination remedy.

    Because of the heat and the extra worm population (we have goats…which are very prone to worms) I’ve been adding one pill of Bioplasma (a combination of all the 12 cell salts (homeopathic)), and a few tablespoons of ACV to their water (the goats and chickens). I sometimes sprinkle some of the herbal vitamins in their feed (again from Fias Co. Farm).

    Hoping that your chickens stay healthy the rest of the season.


    • Thanks for all the thoughts–I’ve started looking into the herbals from Fias and I think we’re going to try some. I think they actually seemed to be constipated at first (not something I really wanted to put in my post at first! :)) and then suddenly very loose after receiving electrolytes.

      You’re right, it’s much more complicated than they make it sound in the chicken catalogs! 🙂 Sometimes I feel like as soon as I feel like I have a grasp on something, something completely new and different crops up!

  3. Could it be heat? Maybe some are more susceptible than others? We haven’t lost any with this heat- thankfully- but I know of others that have….. Ours are in the shade all the time…

    • I think the heat might be exacerbating whatever they’ve got going on. We’ve never had trouble with the heat before but I have noticed that these egg layers seem to drink a lot more water than our meat birds did.

  4. I am clueless! But I’m wondering if the excessive heat activates some kind of soil-borne pathogens? Yikes!

  5. JUST going to worm ours for the first time. They were temporarily sharing a space with a goat who had tapeworm, and now some of the chickens have diarrhea. I am using an herbal wormer, as I just can’t bring myself to have to throw out 2 weeks worth of eggs! I bought mine here: Also, I have read that food grade diatomaceous earth is a really good thing to use in a chicken pen…I recommend researching that if you don’t use it already. Hope this helps!!

  6. Wow! There is so much to learn and find out about the creatures in your care. I hope you’re able to find some good suggestions for preventive care since I’m sure it is an emotional burden not just financial.