7 Tips to prevent Coccidiosis in poultry farm


Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract of animals caused by coccidian protozoa. The disease spreads from one animal to another by contact with infected feces or ingestion of infected tissue. Diarrhea, which may become bloody in severe cases, is the primary symptom.

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Other symptoms of coccidiosis can include:


-Weakness and listlessness

-Pale comb or skin

-Blood located at the vent site of the bird

-Decreased food or water consumption

-Ruffled feathers

-Weight loss (in older chickens)

-Decreased growth rate (in young chickens)

-Failing to lay eggs or laying eggs inconsistently


-Fortunately, coccidiosis is treatable if caught early enough. It is important to treat every bird in the flock to contain the outbreak.

*The most popular treatment for coccidiosis is Amprolium, which blocks the parasite’s ability to uptake and multiply. Toltrazuril is also very effective against coccidiosis.

-Treatment is usually administered by adding Amprolium to the chickens’ water supply, however in some cases, where sick chickens aren’t eating or drinking enough, the medication is given orally.

-Treatment usually proceeds for 7 days, though sick chickens often show improvement in as little as 24 hours. In particularly warm, wet, or humid environments, a second dose of the treatment is recommended after a break in between to ensure complete eradication of the infection.

-Amprolium can also be given on an ongoing basis, as a disease preventative. For more information on treatment and prevention options for your flock, consult your veterinarian

Prevention and Control:

-Practice good bio-security
-Always provide clean/fresh water
-Keep feeding areas clean and dry
-Keep brooders and coops clean and dry
-Provide adequate space I.e avoid overcrowding
-Use medicated starter feed for chicks not vaccinated
-Provide pro-biotic supplements 

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