Today is a day of remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. I pray our country understands what that loss meant for our privileges, and that we teach our children what it means. I do my best to teach the Queen Bees what's right and wrong, and expect them to be productive citizens who respect our rights as humans on this earth. Today I disinfected all feeders and waterers, due to the much needed rain, over and over and over again. In south Texas we received well over 10 inches of rain within the past three weeks. With the rain, brings the transport of bacteria from other areas of our habitat and sets a breeding ground for Coccidiosis. Coccidiosis is disease that chickens can acquire through feces of other infected birds. One main mode of transmission of this awful digestional tract disease is from the feces of wild birds, crows can be the main source. Crows are like mini vultures in my mind. They are scavengers and eat rancid meat and anything they can find and they travel far. So just imagine, with that much rain, the flooding of all the rivers in close proximity, i.e. 10 mile radius, the damage caused by not only the flood waters, but the aftermath when waters recede. I know that not only myself, but other chicken keepers in my area suffered loss due to the recent weather. Primary indication of a chick or chicken with coccidiosis is blood in their droppings. Treatment includes any brand of anticoccidial medication, I like a product called CORID, Amprolium (NCBI, 2021). As always, if you ever have questions I love to shoot the chicken *stuff* with anyone.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (2021). PubChem Compound Summary for CID 73341, Amprolio. Retrieved June 1, 2021 from https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Amprolio.