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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:59 am 
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Hi all,

Looking for some opinions on these two. Really hopeful we have two pullets here. Excuse the photo quality I'm stuck with a mobile phone camera at the moment. Many thanks for any and all opinions. Let me know if more or better photos are required.


Chick 1 on left, chick 2 on right.
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Chick 1 behind, chick 2 infront
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Chick 1 infront, chick 2 behind
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:04 pm 
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Both pullets.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:07 pm 
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Denis wrote:
Both pullets.



yup! :thumbs: I'll second that.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:29 pm 
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Pretty chicks!!

Just need to ask ... chick 1 looks a bit hunched in that final photo. Is that just a trick of the moment, or a typical stance? If typical, she might be a little unwell - 8 weeks is a typical type to get cocci, and standing with tail down and head pulled in is very typical of the illness.

BUT - it could just be the instant of the photo, so please don't panic!!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:38 pm 
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Should grow out nicely . I agree about them looking a bit crook ,BUT might just be a bit cold .
The lacing will improve with age and fine up a bit .


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:44 pm 
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Yay for pullets!

I have been keeping an eye on that chick. She has crouched like that a few times in the last 24 hours but never stays like that for long. She's otherwise normal eating drinking and sticking to the other chick like glue. There is quite a cool breeze today also.

Fingers crossed all is well with her.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:19 pm 
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Hmmm. I'm no expert but I'd get some Sulphaquim (or similar cocci medication) on hand and start watching their droppings. If you see anything caramelly and a bit frothy at the edges, whack 'em on it for three days. A preventative dose at this stage is likely to do more good than harm, in my paranoid opinion (I've lost too many at 8 weeks to cocci, and sudden violent changes of weather are one of the triggers).

Keep 'em warm, too.

Otherwise, gorgeous chookies :)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:31 pm 
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Hi,

I agree with info, they look like they could take a turn get some sulhaquin into them.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:10 pm 
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Will do. Thank you for the advice. I really appreciate it.

Is Sulpha quin readily available at feed stores? And I assume there'd be benefitis giving it to our two Barnies too?

Thanks again


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:17 pm 
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Hi,

It should be readily available there should be near wormers etc, read the label only give preventative dose atm, should clear up in a few days.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:53 pm 
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If the Barnies are adults and not in contact with the babies, you may not need this for them - there is a withholding period for egglaying, so you want to weigh that up. Coccidiosis is endemic in the chicken population like colds are in the human, which means most adult chooks have been exposed to it and now have a reasonable resistance to it as long as they're not stressed in other ways. Babies need gradual exposure to it (via the soil) to build up the necessary immunity, like humans do to chicken pox, and sometimes their systems get overloaded and they get sick instead.

If they're in regular contact, you might need to do the lot.

It might be worth starting another post in the Good Samaritan section with these photos, only so we can tell you all about cocci there, rather than take up this nice thread about the actual chooks themselves with discussion of an intestinal protozoa that increases the chances of a chook getting a cold :)

Sorry to be a downer about it! - but my very first post in BYP was "what are my chicks?", and someone kindly pointed out that they were sick with cocci, with that very same distinctive pose. If it hadn't been for that comment, I would never have known. I try to repay that debt whenever possible :)


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