hen with black crusty vent

Brittany0309

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I have a hen who had fly strike about three weeks ago. We solved her maggot problem but she hasn't laid since then so I checked her vent again today and it had a black crusted over scab looking thing. there were a few mites around it but nowhere else on her and I don't see any in the other girls either. I soaked her and peeled it off, doesn't seem to be anything going on underneath. wth. anyone have any idea what is going on with this chicken?!? oh, I googled gleet and it doesnt look like that.
 

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It sounds as though you need to clean it up and put neosporin ointment on it to soften it and allow it to heal. There is a horse ointment sold at feedstores called SWAT that you can use to keep flies off since you may get flystrike again if she is left outside.
 

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Wash it with warm water--actually a warm soapy soak in a tub for 20 minutes to soften it. Then I would trim away anything that looks dead like tissue till you reach pink. Reapply neosporin and keep it from drying out.
 

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when I did it I pulled off the crust with tweezers after soaking and it was all pink tissue underneath. trim feathers with scissors.
 

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Great, I know it was probably hard to do that to your chicken, but she may heal up well now. Keeping the neosporin on it may keep it from forming a hard scab again. Try the SWAT when she goes back outside.
 

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