Hen with red, swollen butt, help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by laurelsh, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. laurelsh

    laurelsh Chirping

    May 17, 2007
    My black hen, who is about 10 months old and has been laying eggs, has a red, swollen butt. She lives with five other hens and a rooster. She acts fine, looks healthy, but from behind you can see her skin is red and swollen between feathers on her rump. Since she is in with other hens, I don't know what her poop looks like or if she is currently laying.

    Should I isolate her? Should I run her on antibiotics? What should I do?

    Thanks, Laurel
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2009
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    I have a hen like that. She's had it for a year and the only problem it's caused is that now she lays misshapen eggs. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it's probably a butt tumor, a reproductive cyst, internal laying, or an absess. Is is squishy like a water balloon, or hard and fatty?
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Can you tell if the other birds are pecking at her bottom? You may wish to isolate her to determine exactly what is going on. That way you can tell how much she is actually eating an drinking, and whether she is laying or perhaps is eggbound.

    Please keep us updated on how things go!
  4. laurelsh

    laurelsh Chirping

    May 17, 2007
    Thanks for the responses. I've isolated her. It is in the lower butt area, not around the vent, and it is swollen, red, squishy. No break to the skin. No injury, so it's internal. Seems quite far from her vent.
    We'll see if she lays an egg today.
    Ciao, Laurel
  5. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    My largest hen had the same problem, laid eggs occasionally, and would grow back some feathers just to have a bare swollen bottom again a few days later. It's possible that whatever is irritating her made her pick at herself in frustration. The other hens weren't good to her either- they seem to know when one of them is not feeling well. A warm soak in water in a big bucket helps her feel better, but the growth or problem never went away.
  6. laurelsh

    laurelsh Chirping

    May 17, 2007
    Update on Hen.
    She laid an egg today, seems completely normal in attitude and activity, other than the red swollen area. I think I'll start her on antibiotics tomorrow.
  7. jgeci@nc.rr.com

    [email protected] In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2011
    Just wanted to see how your hen is doing. My rooster has the same problem and I don't know what to do. Thanks.

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