Bitter/Sour Odor Coming from Roo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FordFamilyFarm, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. FordFamilyFarm

    FordFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2008
    We have a bantam frizzle cochin who is now smelling strange. It's a bitter, sort of sour smell, and it seems to be coming from all over him, not his vent area. He seems normal otherwise -- eating, drinking, pooping, no drainage or eye issues, no sneezing. We have smelled this odor before when we go to a particular auction in our area, but don't know what it is. He's the only chicken in our flock who has this smell.

    Any idea what causes this sort of "sick" smell? Thanks!
  2. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    One of my hens has vent gleet and smells sour all over. Her droppings (diarrhea) are far worse though. She also acts depressed, drinks more and eats less. Have you looked at his vent? If there's a pasty buildup around it and is cracked/bleeding, he may have vent gleet.

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