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I had a rooster die recently of "dont know what". 

 

He was fine the day before and in just a few hours, lethargic, barely breathing, and a white pasty stuff hard as concrete caked to his vent feathers.   Dead in a few hours.

 

That was the only occurance.  He was in a chicken tractor with 2 hens that displayed no signs or similuar  symptoms.  To date - these 2 hens have not developed anything.

 

In a different chicken tractor - on the other side of the property - 2 young Pullets about 8 months old, one a RIR, the other a Black Astrolop - developed a white pasty stuff on vent feathers - not to the same degree as the dead rooster though.  I pulled them out of that tractor and quarantened them.  I put them on tetracyclene in their water and they seem to be doing better - well, they are still alive.  White pasty stuff on their vent feathers are lessening if not gone.

 

Any idea of what the pasty white stuff is?

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I had a rooster die recently of "dont know what". 

 

He was fine the day before and in just a few hours, lethargic, barely breathing, and a white pasty stuff hard as concrete caked to his vent feathers.   Dead in a few hours.

 

That was the only occurance.  He was in a chicken tractor with 2 hens that displayed no signs or similuar  symptoms.  To date - these 2 hens have not developed anything.

 

In a different chicken tractor - on the other side of the property - 2 young Pullets about 8 months old, one a RIR, the other a Black Astrolop - developed a white pasty stuff on vent feathers - not to the same degree as the dead rooster though.  I pulled them out of that tractor and quarantened them.  I put them on tetracyclene in their water and they seem to be doing better - well, they are still alive.  White pasty stuff on their vent feathers are lessening if not gone.

 

Any idea of what the pasty white stuff is?

What they had/have is vent gleet.

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oky - what is Vent Gleet?

 

How do they get it and how do I cure it and mostly - how do I keep my other birds from getting it!
 

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oky - what is Vent Gleet?

 

How do they get it and how do I cure it and mostly - how do I keep my other birds from getting it!
 

Vent gleet is a yeast infection. Here is a link explaining vent gleet and treatment.

 

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

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The white pasty material is just poop with urates in it.  It seems that everyone calls a poopy butt on a chicken vent gleet nowadays, but it isn't gleet or a fungal infection usually unless you have washed the poo off and trimmed the feathers around the vent to see a reddened area that may have white patches.  I have a couple of chickens with chronic poopy butt, and they are clean as a whisle when the are trimmed.  Vent gleet also has a foul odor.  Many times gleet can be cured with apple cider vinegar in the water, some yogurt or probiotics (if you like to spend money,) and an antifungal such as Nustock ( a sulfur based cream,) or monistat, lotrimin, etc.  Sometimes poopy butt syndrome can be caused by worms.


Edited by Eggcessive - 8/6/13 at 8:39am
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Try this link from The Road Less Traveled thread for excellent vent gleet picture:  http://cdn.backyardchickens.com/1/12/121a40de_100_0467.jpeg


Edited by Eggcessive - 8/6/13 at 9:11am
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