I had a sick hen. My normally flighty, pain in the ass, full-of-energy Americauna was listless. She wasn’t eating and loosing weight. When I threw scratch (corn, wheat, and black oil sunflower seeds) down on the ground all the other hens would scramble for it. She just stood there.
After doing some internet research she had all the symptoms of coccidiosis. An intestinal parasite, it is an old-time parasitic disease found often in poultry. That’s why chicks are often vaccinated against coccidiosis at an early age. At its worst, birds will die after their intestines become overwhelmed by parasites.
In my chicken keeping circle a bag of amprolium- a widely used coccidiostat – tends to circulate in my chicken keeping circle. I was able to borrow a bag. The directions on the back of the bag are designed for dosing cattle, so I had to guess how much of the white powder I should put in the water.
Well, it worked, and fabulously. I put in the water of all the hens and the next morning the Americauna was eating along with all the other birds. I picked her up today and she’s gaining back her weight. I’ll be dosing the birds for five days.