Crusty Butt

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kali, May 4, 2009.

  1. Kali

    Kali Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, newbie here (to the forum and raising chickens)
    I have 11 Cornish X that are a about 7 weeks old. We will process a few this weekend just to get our feet wet so-to-speak.
    A few weeks ago 1 of the birds was picked on and had to be quarantined. It was a bloody mess. She suffered quite heavily in the vent area and has never made a complete recovery in that feces don't excrete normally and accumulate on her vent & underside. She was reintroduced to the flock a week later with no further incidents. We call that one Crusty Butt. This morning I noticed her vent area (not the vent itself) is quite enlarged, almost like there's an egg stuck in there, see pic way down below.
    My question is; should I dispose of this chicken so as to not waste any more food on her or is there anything I can do to make her appear more "appetizing" and edible?
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    THANKS for looking.... it's gross aint it?!
     
  2. sesa

    sesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    darn near poultry porn [​IMG]
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    It appears that her vent is crusted shut....?
     
  4. Kali

    Kali Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm... didn't think about that. I'll clean it and see if the swelling goes down.
     
  5. Chicks R Friends NOT Food

    Chicks R Friends NOT Food Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any way you can... Squish it out? I know that doesn't sound very scientific, and it could be a horrible thing to do but, it looks blocked up... Maybe it'll explode like a pimple? Try soaking her in warm water for a while to soften any hard crusties that might be holding it shut.
     
  6. Kali

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    Oh man... I am so not looking forward to this.
     
  7. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A nice soft bristle scrub brush (like used on horses) and some temped water goes a long way. You may have to flush out the inside of the duct if it's blocked up really bad. A [read several] Q-tip will be useful in ensuring that it's not blocked shut.
     
  8. Kali

    Kali Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so I hand expressed what I could before the poor thing was just suffering too much. It was very compacted and bloody toward the end.
    How would I "flush it out"?
    I don't want to have to do it again and may just dispose of her tonight if it gets reblocked, I can't handle that whine she was making during the purge. Plus I only want to eat happy meat... sickly doesn't sound so tasty.

    Thanks again for the advice.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  9. Kali

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    Crusty Butt is back to business as usual... still a bit crusty but not constipated.
    No one has mentioned whether or not they would eat her. Is her meat going to taste bad because of the pooper problems??
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  10. kprhok

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    I have a chicken that doesn't have the swelling but does have a bare bottom. I thought I saw mites so i sprayed her with something containing pyrethrin(sp?).

    Are you treating her with anything now?
     

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