In­fec­tion likely in chicks

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Ihave had many batches of chicks over the years and they have been put out onto very short grass at the age of around 2-3 weeks. My cur­rent batch went on the grass about two weeks ago and one of the chicks has got a rather large stick­ing-out stom­ach with pasted poo cov­er­ing its vent. What can I do?

Vic­to­ria says: This sounds like an E. coli in­fec­tion, usu­ally picked up from a sur­face that is con­tam­i­nated with drop­pings, thus may not be the fault of the grass but from the brooder. E. coli is a nor­mal in­hab­i­tant of the gut of poul­try but can over­whelm a chick quickly. You did the right thing in re­mov­ing the pasted poo so that it could pass fae­ces and sug­gest that you put a pinch (re­ally) of Virkon in the 1L brooder drinker daily for a cou­ple of weeks to con­trol the bac­te­ria.

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