Gaping Vent, Feather Loss, Yellow vent area, Death WARNING GRAPHIC PIC

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gallina, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Gallina

    Gallina Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 15 birds die this weekend. They all had the same symptom gaping vents where you could see their organs. I had another one die today. I don't see maggots. I also have one with a yellowish behind. Many are losing their feathers under their wings and near their vent. Can anyone help? [​IMG]

    Edited to add, these are 7 week old Ranger Broilers. They are being raised in a portable pen. They are fed organic feed.
     
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  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Can you post a pic? I just can't imagine in my mind what you are describing. Are they bleeding?
     
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any diarrhea? Is there a film or gelatinous substance around the vent? Are the birds lethargic or poorly coordinated?
     
  4. Gallina

    Gallina Out Of The Brooder

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    THESE ARE REALLY AWFUL PICTURES
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    The last two are the living chicken....
    I honestly can't tell if they have diarreah.
     
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  5. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Were there any changes (symptoms) before the weekend? Fifteen with same pattern over less than two days? From your shots it appears the pygostyle's missing?

    What sized openings in the portable pen (chicken wire?). I'd guess cannibalism (unlikely), or something like a weasel. A larger pic would be helpful.

    Sorry about your birds!
     
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  6. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First let me say, I'm really sorry, that must be awful.
    The pictures are small and the vent hardly looks like a vent anymore, but I don't see any discharge. If there were discharge, I'd suspect infectious bursal disease. It's not uncommon in birds that age. Do a search on it and see if you recognize any symptoms. A necropsy might be your best bet, though. There's a sticky at the top of the "Emergencies..." page.
     
  7. Gallina

    Gallina Out Of The Brooder

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    I caught them at it today, it is cannibalism. What am I doing wrong? They have constant food and water... the are in a tall portable pen that is 12X12 and there are approximately 50 chickens.
    I had to cull one today as they had picked away near his rump. I have another I seperated into a small dog crate as part of his tail was bitten off.
    I hear cutting their beaks off is inhumane...but this seems even more inhumane...
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i'd cull before i de-beaked...birds cost about $3.00 each..is it worth making them suffer?...[​IMG]....de-beaking is very painful!!...please try other options..just my opinion though...best of luck..Wendy
     
  9. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

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    Quote:Are they all doing it??? I don't know what to suggest, I've never dealt with cannibalism.....I've been told cannibalism is near impossible to cure. You may try separating all of them, or finding out if there's one main culprit. Do they have enough room?
     
  10. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Dear Lord. That is the worst thing I have ever seen. Those poor birds. They have been eaten alive. I would put them out of their misery.

    Personally, I believe 50 large birds in a 12x12 cage is way overcrowded, resulting in cannibalism. That's why I free range. It's not just about square footage, it's also about how they spend their day and what there is to do. In a cage there is nothing for them to do but to go at one another.
     
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