Discharge from vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sunnychooks, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 16 month old chicken that has had a thin, milky white discharge coming from her vent for some time. She looks and acts completely normal. I don't know if she is laying. I've gone through literally dozens of websites and searches looking for the symptoms of any condition that are even vaguely similar with no luck. I bathed her today and got a good look at the discharge. It looks like milk dripping down her back end. Any ideas? I was wondering if she could simply be incontinent (Does that happen to chickens???).
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Maybe it's a yeast infection...Have you smelled the discharge?
     
  3. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never thought of that! What type of smell would a yeast infection have? Could it be contagious? I'll check her tomorrow. Thanks for the help!
     
  4. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe your hen has Candidiasis(Vent Gleet). if she has a bad odor thats definitely what she has..If so Oxine or copper sulfate givin in the drinking water 1/8 teaspoon per gallon for 3 days should do the trick..Do you notice her eating and drinking more than usual?
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Vent Gleet is just a fancy bird term for a yeast infection...You can run out to the local pharmacy and buy the monistat or the generic equivalent.
     
  6. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeast infections are caused to not enough bacteria eating off fungus - yogurt would work well
     
  7. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all your replies! I did extensive searches a few days ago for vent gleet. There were many symptoms that my chicken did not have, so I ruled it out. I'm going to go back to re-read them.

    Yogurt sounds like a great idea, especially since it wouldn't hurt!!! I have loads of it thanks to Miss Prissy and her yogurt recipe from the recipe section of this messageboard!

    I can't really tell if she's eating more. My chickens free range after breakfast in the chicken yard. I'm not familiar with alot of the medications. Would they harm the other birds if I put them in the communal waterer? Also, is there a withdrawl period for eating the eggs? Thanks!!!
     
  8. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can't just smear monistat on her rear and expect it to work. Candidiasis also effects the crop, stomach and gizzard, even in severe cases the mouth and esophagus can also be affected..
     
  9. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Yogurt would be my first choice. It works!!!
     
  10. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Quote:...if this is insufficient (which is often the case by the time it is so far along you notice it) ...your vet can give you nystatin (and may combine this with a sulpha drug)
     

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