I just got my 10 babies last Sunday. Everyone has been ok up until last night. Around 5 pm, my smallest silkie chick passed blood in her stool. So, I went immediatley to the grain store thinking it must be coccidia. I am brand new to chicks/chickens/outside pets. I looked at my selection of meds for coccidia. Sulmet is what I ended up leaving with. I wasn't sure but the store owner said that will work. I got home and was ready to give them this 12.5% solution into their waterer until I read the instructions. I was so confused after reading this bottle over and over for a good 20 minutes I got confused.
Given that they are so young, I was afraid to give them the entire amount.
Add 2 tablespoons (1 fl oz) to each gallon of drinking water, or the contents of the 16 fl oz container to 16 gallons, or the contents of the 1 gallon container to 128 gallons. Following administration directions below, this will provide a recommended dose of approximately 61 to 89 mg/lb/day (134 to 196 mg/kg/day) body weight in chickens and 53 to 130 mg/lb/day (117 to 286 mg/kg/day) body weight in turkeys, depending upon the dosage, age and class of chickens or turkeys, ambient temperature, and other factors.
Administration: Chickens And Turkeys
Add the required dose given above to that amount of water that will be consumed in 1 day. Water consumption should be carefully
checked to insure adequate drug intake. As a generalization, 100 turkeys will drink 1 gallon of water per day for each week of age; chickens will consume
one-half this amount.
So everyone, after trying very hard to research online, I came up with it probably isn't the best drug to use but not much else. BUT, I had it and it says its effective for coccidia so with the recommendation from others, I did the math for 2 tb/1 gallon bringing me to mixing 1.5 tsp into my 1 quart waterer.
The chicks were assymptomatic last night. This a.m. I still see bloody stool periodically but have also noticed one other bigger chick not being as active. He is clearly not feeling well. He hasn't eaten too much today and just is sleeping alot. The little chick is fine- eating, drinking and full of spit and vinegar.
I was so afraid of overdosing the babies but I didn't not want to treat them. Today, I spoke with another grain store worker and he said cut the dose in half x 3 days. I soon got home and mixed .75 tsp in with their quart of water. Now I wait and see. I also picked up tetracycline powder (duramycin 10 grams) as well just in case but under indications, it says nothing about coccidia treatment.
I am sorry so long but I have been concerned all day. They already are eating chick starter (medicated) so besides keeping them warm dry and fed, what else? Am I doing this wrong?