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Wondering if anyone can help.  We are first time chicken owners and have been battling what we think is a yeast infection (vent gleet) with one of our hens for about a year.  We have tried everything.  We have done molasses flushes, Epsom salt flushes, fungal sprays, baths, and nothing seems to work.  Her rear end constantly has poo on it, and looks red and irritated.  Some days worse than others.  She was laying here and there until about mid summer and then she stopped completely and has not laid since.  Just not sure what to do with her any more.  She is eating and drinking well, very vocal, seems OK other than this problem.  Could it be something other than vent gleet??

 

Any help/suggestions very much appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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Wondering if anyone can help.  We are first time chicken owners and have been battling what we think is a yeast infection (vent gleet) with one of our hens for about a year.  We have tried everything.  We have done molasses flushes, Epsom salt flushes, fungal sprays, baths, and nothing seems to work.  Her rear end constantly has poo on it, and looks red and irritated.  Some days worse than others.  She was laying here and there until about mid summer and then she stopped completely and has not laid since.  Just not sure what to do with her any more.  She is eating and drinking well, very vocal, seems OK other than this problem.  Could it be something other than vent gleet??

 

Any help/suggestions very much appreciated!

 

Thanks!


Maybe try Penicillin. I can't remember the dosage for a chicken. My local hatchery has packages that are made specifically for poultry.

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Welcome to BYC. Does she have any other problems, such as with her crop not emptying properly? I have a hen who has an enlargement under her vent, and it catches poo even though I try to keep it clean and picked off. I trim her feathers and pull off any mass of dried poo, but her bottom stays bares, probably because of the irritation that poo has on skin. Vent gleet can be a fungal or bacterial infection, and vets have the best medicines for treatment such as Nystatin, fluconazole, or Canesoral. Some of those can be bought online, too. I just take a look at my hen to make sure she is alright, eating drinking, etc. Probiotics in the water or feed can help somewhat. Some use apple cider vinegar, but that just changes the pH, so it may help or not.  A vet could check her droppings for bacteria and yeast (gram stain) and for worms or coccidia (fecal float.) Here is some reading:  

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/vent-gleet-aka-nasty-chicken-butt

http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/12/vent-gleet-prevention-and-treatment-html/

http://www.birdhealth.com.au/#!vent-gleet/cumq


Edited by Eggcessive - 1/30/16 at 12:50pm
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When our Heritage Brown Leghorn was put on Claviseptin (penicillan) the dose was 125mg twice a day. I don't know if this is the same dosage for all forms of Penicillan. Georgie is a small 4lb hen.
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