Bald butt and swollen below vent.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Critter Nanny, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Critter Nanny

    Critter Nanny Hatching

    Jan 11, 2009
    Oakland, Ca.
    I am new to this group and this is my first post. Tonight as I locked my chicken coop I noticed one of my chickens had a very swollen, bald butt. The vent is not blocked from the outside, but the area below is soft and swollen to the size of a tennis ball. Most of the feathers below her vent are gone. She was active today and eating okay. I got an egg from her yesterday. She does not squawk when I touch the area, which is soft and ply-able, but I am not sure how she would react if it did hurt, so that does not tell me much.
    She was a little dirty around the butt.( it is the rainy season here in California) and I put her bottom in warm water to clean her off. She is in the house tonight and acting a bit agitated at the new surroundings, but other wise no distress. Anyone have a suggestion as to why her belly is so swollen and what I should do about it?

    Doris from Oakland Ca.
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  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]

    A couple of questions come to mind. How do your chickens get along? Where is this chicken in the "pecking" order??

    Could this be "prolapse"? You can search for this info in the search box on this site!!

    I think that removing this hen from your other chickens is a good idea until you find out what is going on!!

    Hopefully someone with more knowledge will also respond!!

    Again, welcome to BYC!![​IMG]

  3. Critter Nanny

    Critter Nanny Hatching

    Jan 11, 2009
    Oakland, Ca.
    Hi California Chick, We are neighbors. I'm in Oakland.
    Rizzo is at the bottom of the pecking order, but I do not see a lot of pecking going on. I was working around the pen today, and they were all getting along. Mostly I only see hens peck the next in line, they do not gang up on the lower cast hens.

    If I understand Prolapse correctly, it is not that. Her little vent is at the top of the swelling and clamped completely shut as it should when I placed her bottom in warm water to wash her off. The swelling is soft, like a balloon full of water. The more I read, the more I do not want to squeeze it... I would not want to crush the next egg in the tube.
    I was working around the pen and making noise, this usually means I do not get many eggs that day. Could this have messed her up? She is very sweet, but shy.

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  4. dirtgirldesigns

    dirtgirldesigns Hatching

    Feb 1, 2010
    I am having this same issue with one of my Welsummers. I noticed a swollen butt area last night when I went to close the coop. Her rear area hanging over the roost looked extra big. I felt it, and it was a bit squishy, but it didn't seem to be bothering her. I thought maybe she hadn't laid that day, but was close.

    This afternoon, I noticed she had poop on her feathers. No blocked vent. The under area is still swollen and squishy. It is not bald or picked at, but the swelling is making it look less feathered.

    I washed off the poop, and palpated the area -- feels like a water balloon, almost. Does not visibly distress her to touch the area. Vent looks healthy. It does not feel like she is egg-bound from what I've read.

    She was VERY interested to eat some yogurt and rice, and seems alert. Took water well from a dropper.

    Her poop has gotten progressively more normal. No signs of parasites visible to the naked eye.

    Keeping her indoors tonight.

    Any advice?
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2010
  5. dirtgirldesigns

    dirtgirldesigns Hatching

    Feb 1, 2010
    In more searching, this thread sounds similar.

    * Index
    * » Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures
    * » Bulge between legs and vent

    My girl is doing great this morning, after more normal poops. Still has a tennis ball-size swelling. I'll keep watching.
  6. gollum18

    gollum18 Hatching

    Mar 8, 2011
    This happened to one of my chickens. I tried the treatment for a bound egg. Soaked in warm water for 30 min massaged and kept under heat lamp. No egg I then dusted her and all the ground and hay in the coup with diatomatious earth (make sure it is not what you use for swimming pools) which is supposed to treat mites. It worked! Swelling is down and she is getting back to normal. The other chickens were not affected.
  7. MummaZette

    MummaZette In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2011
    Mid Coast Maine
    My BO Fluff also has this same "ailment" only being a large breed the "water ballon area" below the vent is more like the size of a softball rather than a tennis ball. It is warm and red. She had poopy reside sticking to what feathers were left. She allowed me to clean her up and will let me touch. She is in the house in "sick bay". Her first night in she laid between 7 -11 pm -- off for her biological clock, but otherwise normal appearing egg. I used saline solution and hydrogen peroxide to clean her up and other than realizing just how badly chicken poop is inside the house smells [​IMG] there's nothing alarming. The remaining flock all has normal pale colored bottomsides and vents.
    She's not very active as she's in a room with no windows -- she's politely chatty when I engage with her and doesn't seem to be in distress - none the less I'm worried. Any words of advice?
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  8. hinchbug

    hinchbug In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2008
    Kalispell, Mt
    Good to know others are having this issue. 3YO Austrolorp waddling with swollen bottom and eating and drinking. no egg I can feel, lubed up and put away to rest. But she does occasionally breathe heavily. Hasn't layed in 2 days. Lost one 7 months ago to same problem. Would love to know what to do to keep from happening again.
  9. noshoes

    noshoes Songster

    Dec 26, 2007
    Tampa Bay, Florida
    One of ours has this issue as well and has been living with it for over 8 months. We have had to keep her away from the others who once pecked it open. She still poops and lays eggs just fine. What can it be?
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  10. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Songster

    Nov 8, 2009
    This is exactly what was going on with my jersey giant girl before the bottom of her abdomen SPLIT OPEN! I hope someone figures out what exactly is going on here.

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