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Enlarged vent and loose stool

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bellagracie, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Bellagracie

    Bellagracie Hatching

    Jan 18, 2009
    Hi, I'm new to raising chickens. My daughters, Bella and Gracie fell in love with Silkies and we've had 2 pair for a couple of months.

    Over the last few weeks I've noticed blood staining to some of the eggs. I examined the hens' vents and one of the hens has an enlarged swollen vent. She also had quite a bit of dried caked stool around the vent, which I removed.

    Compared to the other hen the vent opening is significantly larger and inflamed. I don't see any pus and the hen is acting fine. Her eggs, although blood-stained, are well formed.

    I think her stools are loose because of her propensity to accumulate stool on feathers around vent.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sound slike your one hen may have a partially prolapsed cloaca. Be sure that the other birds are not pecking the area and you can apply preparation H to help the swelling go down. Sometimes this occurs when a hen lays eggs that are too big for her vent. Some hens just happen to have the condition occur over and over again. If you could separate her until the swelling goes down that would be ideal. If not, then just keep a close eye on her and make sure her behaviors are otherwise normal.
  3. turnerstar31

    turnerstar31 Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    uaully a little bit of blood is kind of normal. I would just watch them and if they are acting alright then they should be fine but just keep an eye on them.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    Is she just young and laying her first eggs? That could be the explanation of the blood. Maybe the other one isnt laying yet? It would be good to see a picture. There is some swelling with the vent when they are laying as opposed to not laying.

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