What Is Coccidiosis?
- Coccidiosis is a common parasitic disease of poultry which affects the digestive tract and is primarily found in chickens and turkeys.
- Ruffled feathers.
- Head drawn back into shoulders.
- A chilled appearance.
- Diarrhea which may have blood in it.
- If not treated can lead to mortality.
- Coccidiosis is caused by a protozoan parasite (coccidia).
- Poultry are exposed to the protozoan parasite via their droppings, dirty drinkers and damp litter in their huts.
- Coccidia thrives in damp conditions such as damp chicken litter and is found in chicken manure.
- Coccidia can also be found in water that is not kept clean and free of chicken droppings.
- Separate affected poultry and use medicated feed and water.
- Use of coccidiostats.
- Keeping poultry on a wire floor where their droppings can fall through.
- Feeding coccidiostats in the growing diet can help the poultry to build up an immunity to coccidiosis.
- Vaccinate against coccidiosis.
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