Infection likely in chicks
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.