2 week old chick with vent issue

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Knight Hawk Ranch, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 2 week old chick that seams to have incontinence(sp?). It is eating/drinking fine, seams a little runtish compared to his hatch mates and also seams to chirp more (not quite distressed but way more than the others). It also, is missing the outer toe on each foot but is getting around fine.

    It seams to have a coninuous poo/pee from vent, so much so that it runs down the belly area. I have to wash it daily and when it does actually 'go' they are bigger splats than the hatchmates.

    Is this something it will grow out of or am I going to have to cull it.
     
  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Is the poop sticking to the feathers below the vent? If so she probably has pasty butt.

    Did a quick search and found this: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=364990
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    down the page and go through the pages to find some info [​IMG]
    Its pretty easy to treat, but if left untreated can mean the chick cant pass a stool

    eggsrcool [​IMG]
     
  3. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. It isn't pastybut. I have dealt with that before. There isn't a blockage around the vent.

    It almost looks like the vent isn't closing up like it should and the waste/liquid is just continuously running to the bottom side of the chick.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Oh my...poor little thing. I hope someone comes along with help, because that doesn't sound like something it would grow out of to me... [​IMG]
     
  5. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Is the waste/liquid white? Does it have a strong odor?
     
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure what that could be. It might be a good idea to put some vaseline or something under the vent to keep it from creating an open sore until you can figure out what to do. Good luck with your little one.
     
  7. Knight Hawk Ranch

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    The stuff coming out looks like normal chicken poo, but it does have a strong odor.

    Usually, I can keep my chicks indoors and only change the shavings out every 3 days or so before odor builds up. However, with this one in the brooder, as soon as he goes to the bathroom, the odor is there.
     
  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I just PM'd you, but thought I would also post this here, in case someone else has something similar and is looking for answers.

    I'm not sure if this is what your chick has, but I had two little chicks get "vent gleet", which is kind of like thrush or a yeast infection in its digestive system. They had white, smelly stuff that would constantly run down out of their vents and stick to their body - it was so acidic that it removed the feathers in that area (I was washing one of them and didn't realize I had a tiny cut on my finger until it stung).

    My chicks were also about 2 weeks old when I discovered it -- one at 13 days old and then one more a couple days later. The second chick (my only LB) had been pecked a lot and was bloody when I found it - I think the stress contributed to it getting the 'vent gleet'. The first chick was never pecked on.

    I did separate them from the other chicks. At first, I only had one chick with this and I put it in with a healthy chick (as a buddy) and even after being together a few days, the healthy one never caught it. After I found another chick with this problem, I removed the healthy one and put the two sick ones together.

    I mixed together:
    * plain yogurt (1/8 tsp per chick) plain is better than vanilla or flavored because it has less sugar - also make sure there are other live cultures in it beside just the acidophilus
    * extra acidophilus (broke open capsules and pored a tiny bit into the yogurt)
    * 1 drop polyvisol 'without' iron per chick (baby vitamins)

    I then gave each chick 2 droppers worth (droppers were not full) once or twice a day (aimed for twice, but forgot sometimes). Whenever there was a healthy chick in the infirmery with them (from being pecked on), I would also give the healthy chick one dropperful, as a preventative measure.

    They are now 4 1/2 weeks old. My light brahma chick is all better (was better in less than 2 weeks) - the easter egger took a little longer - it looks like it may have just finished healing (it was the first one to get sick and took almost 3 weeks to get over this). None of the other 23 chicks ever came down with it.
     

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