A Couple Chicken Problems And How To Fix Them

A couple chicken problems and how to fix them
By willowbranchfarm · Nov 9, 2012 · Updated Nov 15, 2012 · ·
  1. willowbranchfarm
    ~A Couple Chicken Problems And How to Fix Them~

    Nellie the BA in the front

    Chickens can get sick without warning. Sometimes its minor and sometimes its major, but either way it should not be taken lightly. Any problem your chickens may encounter should be treated as soon as possible. One of my chickens has been through multiple sicknesses and although it's not fun I have learned a lot from them and would like to share my experiences with everyone. I hope this will help anyone going through what I have gone through.

    Egg Binding

    This was my first problem that my chickens had ever gotten so I was pretty scared. Egg binding is when the egg gets stuck or is too big to be pushed out. My hen had this after she had laid a couple eggs, and is usually more common in younger birds or older birds.

    Here are some of her symptoms...

    # Alone in a corner

    # Tail pointed down

    # Straining

    # Hard egg shaped mass inside abdomen. (Which was an egg)

    The treatment I used for her was...

    # Isolate your sick chicken (bring her inside if it's cold outside)

    # Soaking her in a container or your sink full of warm water for 10 minutes

    # While in the water massage downward (this helps to un-tense her muscles, push the egg loose/out and relaxes her which reduces stress)

    # Take her out of the water and let her dry or blow dry her if it's cold

    # Keep massaging her abdomen downward and try to squeeze the egg out but do not break the shell it can cut her insides.

    # Keep her comfortable

    Give her a couple minutes to squeeze on her own and massage every so often. This method worked for me and about 10 minutes after she was out of the water and dry she was able to get the egg out. After the egg was out she passed an egg membrane with nothing in it and then an egg yolk. After watching her for a day or two I put her back in with the others. They're some other methods that might work better for you. But I prefer this one because it saved my hen Nellie. She never laid again after this.

    Vent Gleet

    The second sickness Nellie had was Vent Gleet. This is a chicken yeast infection. Vent Gleet is caused from unclean living spaces or in her case hereditary. Vent Gleet needs to be treated by flushing their system and putting good nutrients back in it.

    Her symptoms were...

    # Tail was pointed down

    # Very, very runny poo ( Multiple times I had to cut her butt feathers because they were so matted down or give her a bath)

    # Not much appetite

    # Was very,very thin

    Here was how I treated her...

    # Separated her

    # Flushed her system by putting molasses in her water (Only do this once because it takes the good and bad nutrients out of her immune system)

    # Build it back up by giving her a Tbs. of Greek Yogurt a day (Which gave her good Bacteria)

    # Boiled eggs in her feed every so often gave her good protein

    After I flushed her system I put her back with the others. I did the yogurt for about two weeks and she was almost back normal. I continued this treatment until she was all better.

    Prolapsed Oviduct

    The last thing Nellie went through was Prolapsed Oviduct. This is when the lower part of the hens oviduct turns inside out and protrudes through the vent. Unfortunately because of all Nellie had been through her body couldn't fix this one. After battling with sicknesses for 6-8 months I decided that she didn't need to suffer anymore. I tryed and tryed to fix this prolapse and it got better at one point but then went back. Nellie was suffering and would squeal every time she strained. I felt horrible for her. She was only one year old when we put her down. None of the others have ever had anything like what she went through besides a couple bumble-foot here and there. She had major hereditary problems from the time she was born. Anyway...


    # Oviduct coming out of her vent

    Here is how I treated her...

    # Separate him/her (This is very important. The other chickens will pick at it and it will pull out her oviduct and intestines. The hen will then die from shock and loss of blood.

    # Put honey on her vent (This keeps it clean and moist and you need to keep it moist so use honey. Also if it gets too gross with poop and honey and the prolapse then clean the area or bath him/her)

    # Pushed it back into her multiple time a day

    # Bathed when needed

    After doing this it would go back in but when she went to poop it would come back out. (She could still poop though). Nellie hadn't laid since she was egg bound, but most of the time with prolapsed oviduct their is an egg. I checked for an egg just incase but their wasn't one. Taking the chicken to your vet is another option. You can also use Preparation H which is a Hemmorrhoidal cream on the vent area. Good Luck!!!!

    Nellie on the Right (RIP)

    Thanks for reading and I hope this helped.
    ~Willow Branch Farm~

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  1. Sherrie G
    I have a hen who is not eating, sitting in a corner, periodically shaking her head, please can anyone help?
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  4. suellen123
    I lost a duck to rectal prolapse. It was pretty horrific. She had laid a soft egg and I didn't catch the signs something was wrong with her. I went to let her out of her house one morning and she had a huge golf ball kind of mass hanging out of her. I took her in immediately and soaked her in a warm bath for about 20 minutes every few hours. Rubbing honey on the mass to try to keep it clean and reduce the size. It was not shrinking at all and my duck was facing the corner of the bathtub which I knew was a bad sign. Someone suggested putting ice on it to reduce the swelling and that was not a good idea after trying to keep her warm all day. She died shortly after trying to reduce the mass with ice. I found her at 7 am and at 2:30 she died in my arms. It was heartbreaking. I was in touch with some vets who said that even if I had taken her in and they had performed surgery on her that was an 80 percent chance she would not make it. I think if I had it to do all over I would have just continued to soak her in the warm water and keep applying the honey and maybe some preparation H. I had a friend I called who knew what it was immediately and I started researching what I could do for her. I have seen some cases of rectal prolapse on line where a little bit of stuff was hanging out that could be pushed back in. There was no way that I could have pushed this mass back in. I was trying to finger her when she was in the water and there was a lot of grit in the duct. I don't know if it was poop or egg shell or what it was. I tried everything I thought I could do to save her but I knew when I saw her that morning it was not going to be a happy ending. I have since changed my ducks feed to something with more protein and calcium as I suspect that was the problem. I had been feeding them something that was costing 50 bucks for 50 lbs after review it did not have nearly the calcium I needed. I now used egg layer pellets for a third of the price and they are doing good.
  5. jsmith358@twcny.rr.com
    I believe vent gleet is her problem. As I stated, she didn't get this condition until she sat on that huge clutch of eggs and after that, she ate like a pig (and she still does) so taking care of the diarhea is top priority. So I'll separate her and start her treatment immediately. Thank you so much for your help! She's had this for a while now and I know it's not hurting her but I don't think the eggs are very appetizing when I look at her butt and see all that wet hanging down! Much thanks again. I love your site! Will recommend to all my chicken friends!
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  7. Sally Sunshine
    Thank you! I also had an oviduct issue I wish I had found your article!! Sorry about your girl : ( Keep writing I love your articles!!
  8. cluckcluckgirl
    Great info! Sorry to hear about Nellie.
  9. Phyrst
    I agree. I think your pictures are very good too.
  10. Marty1876
    Willow, I like your article. I also like the personal touch, your effort for Nellie. Good info, and a touching story.

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