Bloody vents withing last 2 days, affected 7 individuals, 5 months old, URGENT

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by -Chicken-, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. -Chicken-

    -Chicken- New Egg

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    I have a flock of 25 five month old hens that just started laying recently, I also have one rooster of the same age, and one six year old hen. Two days ago I noticed that one of the hens had a large amount of blood around her vent; I separated her from the others and cleaned the affected area. Today she looked much better, and in the past two days has laid two eggs. I was forced to return her to the flock when I found three more hens in similar condition, one almost unconscious, other two doing rather well. At the same time that I found these three (P.M.) I found one hen dead. Late this evening when I went out I found that an additional 4 or 5 had bloody vents. I’m really worried at this point; I’ve never encountered anything like this before in all of the flocks I’ve raised over the years. I started looking online for possible causes when I discovered the first case, at first I thought egg retention or frail eggs breaking internally (the first hen laid fine after I separated her and I haven’t found evidence of smashed eggs in the coop). I now wonder if it is prolapse, I wouldn’t describe the vent as protruding just bloody. It seems weird that this is happening to half the flock though. About a week ago I noticed that the chickens (male and female) were shaking their heads in response to noise (ie. talking, whistling, etc.) could this have something to do with the problem. I really need help, and thanks for any information you could provide.
     
  2. bird sitter

    bird sitter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds serious, but I got nothing. Sounds like a medical mystery! Good luck!
     
  3. FlyHigher

    FlyHigher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no clue what happened to your chickens.
    Food poison or nutritional deficiencies is my best guess.
    I would give them some vitamins as a start.
     
  4. -Chicken-

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    No new casualties this morning, thank goodness. What ever this is still seems to be effecting only the Columbian Wyandottes and the Speckled Sussexes.

    The hen that I found in bad shape last night is stable; I can't get her to drink and her vent still looks in bad shape (a little white liquid feces has passed). Should I treat her for egg retention, with the warm bath? Will this be detrimental if it's not egg retention?

    Just looking for anything I can do to help her.

    Thanks for you thoughts and ideas.
     

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