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Chicken bleeding at her bottom with bruising

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Marianna, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Marianna

    Marianna Hatching

    Jan 14, 2009
    One of our Australorp girls appears to have an injury to her bum. I am not sure what caused it.

    I found an egg covered in blood, so I separated her from the 3 others who have no signs of injury. She has feathers all covered in blood at the rear, and also has a creamy discharge and it looks like some bruising. I have cleaned the area with some salty water. She is in the tractor by herself and seems to be mobile enough. The other chickens are out free ranging like they normally do during the day. I have read that they will attack each other with blood about, so will keep her separate for awhile

    Any other suggestions or ideas of what may have caused it?

    Should I take her to the vet?

    Much thanks in advance

  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    Sounds like she had trouble laying and the egg broke while laying. The shell can cut there bum up . Poor thing [​IMG]
  3. Marianna

    Marianna Hatching

    Jan 14, 2009
    Hi.. thanks for your reply.

    I took her to the vet as her bottom after washing it down was very bruised and had pus. The vet reckons that she has an infection in her vent and has some dead tissue. No sign of being egg bound though.

    We were talking about her laying habits - she tends to lay MASSIVE double yolkers all the time (sometimes they have an indented band where she has strained to lay) and she is only 8 months old. He admitted that he isn't a poultry expert, but thinks that he vent looks quite stretched and this may have contributed.

    So she has been given some antibiotics and for the next few days and an anti inflammatory and we will see how she goes.

    Hopefully she heals well and we can resolve the issue. We have 4 beautiful girls in our backyard and they are great pets for the children and layers. So if the massive egg laying is a continued problem we will get the injection to stop her producing and just have her as a pet.

    Any suggestions still very welcome

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