The coccodia love wet places,
especially when they can be found near warm places. So rainy weather is
always a worry, as is water areas that over-spill around heat lamps in
the hen house. Damp conditions around heat lamps are perfect breeding
grounds for the coccidia. Where you have this problem dig out the wet
litter and replace it with dry litter.
If you find that the litter is very dirty, get rid of it and replace it with clean litter. This is important when you remember that the coccidia are present in chicken poop. It is also important to do so if you can smell ammonia in the shed, as this is coming from the chicken poop, indicative of too much poop and not enough litter and this will also cause respiratory problems in your birds.
Finally, in raising healthy chickens it is important that they receive a good balanced diet when you first get them. You will need a diet that will keep the gizzard healthy. Studies have shown that those chickens who were fed a good commercial chick ration had well-developed gizzards, which in turn reduced the numbers and the effects of coccidiosis later on. Wheat is an important factor in this, as is whey powder (which you can buy at health shops) and should be added to the chick started feed once or twice a week.
I am also a firm fan of cider vinegar in the water which also aids the gut, and keeps disease down.
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