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Hen With Crusty But

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JacobMaxwell, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    For a while know one of my older hens (2 yrs) has had a really crusty but. Those fluffy feathers are full of some crusty, stinky diarreah. I've bathed her about 3 times only to have the crustiness return. Any ideas? Am I neglecting my hen?

    By the way she is laying as well as all the other 2 yr olds.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2013
  2. EggresiveAli

    EggresiveAli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2013
    Give her another bath. You can then trim those feathers back

    good luck
  3. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    I did trim the feathers after one of the baths. Even the stumps of feathers become crusted up, plus the cloaca looks rather red and inflamed.
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It could be red and inflamed because of vent gleet or just due to the irritation of fecal material. I would trim the feathers once every couple of weeks. If there are bare patches it probably is gleet. You can treat gleet with probiotics in her water, Nystatin if you can get it from a vet,and by applying an antifungal cream such as Nustock to her vent area daily. Here is some info: http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/12/vent-gleet-prevention-and-treatment.html

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