Healthy Birds

We get lots of questions about chicken health. Throughout the years we have witnessed

and researched several symptoms that we have encountered. One of the worst things that can happen to a flock of birds is Coccidiosis. All the birds we sale are vaccinated for coccidiosis and mareks disease so any birds bought from Cockadoodle Farms will not need any medicated feed and are protected by the vaccines. But, what about your other birds? The first thing to look for as a chicken keeper is to routinely look at the chicken poop. I know sounds disgusting but I don't mean you have to pick it up and examine it just casually take notice. One of the first signs of coccidiosis is runny poop. If you notice runny poop most likely your birds are suffering from the infection. If left untreated it will kill every bird in your flock. All is not lost though there is a treatment that you can administer. The most common is called Corid. I won't get into doses but it is easy to administer and available at almost any farm store. What I will talk about is prevention because remember "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So how do you prevent this from destroying your flock. A simple treatment of mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (with the mother included)(they sale it at walmart) to a gallon of drinking water will reduce the risk of infection drastically. Adding Vinegar to the drinking water is one of the most beneficial thinks you can do for your flock. The chickens love to drink it. They will drink more water when vinegar is present than just plain water. We recommend adding vinegar every other time you fill up the waterer. We use 5 gallon waterers(available for purchase from us) with nipples.

So every other time we fill up our waterers we add 5 tablespoons of vinegar to 5 gallons of water its as simple as that and will make a huge difference in the health of your flock. On a side note if you suspect that your birds have the coccidiosis virus do not treat the water with vinegar. Vinegar is very acidic and will cause a lot of pain and discomfort. I hope reading this will help keep your feathered family members healthy and happy.

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