Hen with Vent Infection??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Detail2107, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Detail2107

    Detail2107 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2008
    I have a standard laying hen that is about three years old and is a great layer, but recently I have noticed that she has/had lots of droppings stuck to her bottom, so I checked it out and her vent is very moist, gooey, red, puffy, and her butt stinks! I have tried looking this up but I didn't find anything on vent infections. I think she has been like this for a while now. So I put her in warm water and washed her bottom off and put her back with the flock. I checked her the next day and her vent is still oozing and the droppings are still sticking. I watched her all day and noticed that the rooster is mating her a lot more than the others, so I am thinking that she is either getting mated too much or she has an infection. I checked the other chickens and several others also have droppings that are sticking to their bottoms, but they don't have oozy, pussy vents. However, my white leghorn does and she even has a really dirty bottom. So I have separated these two, but I don't know how to treat them or how to get the droppings to stop sticking to the others butts. If it is an infection, can it be transmitted to the other hens if the rooster is mating them? The rooster looks fine. Should I be medicating all 40 of them or just the two?? I have been feeding them chicken scratch, egg maker, a little dog food, oyster shells, a little bit of DE, and sometimes they get at my goat's sweet feed. Should I be feeding them anything else to prevent their droppings from sticking or is this natural? Any help is greatly appreciated. I can post pics, but it is really gross.
  2. Jeff9118

    Jeff9118 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    Greenup KY
    When was the last time you wormed them?
  3. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    When is the last time they were wormed? Any blood in the stools? All eating and drinking good? Can you remove the rooster to see if things improve? Are they on an antibiotic?
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'd be medicating all of them.
  5. Detail2107

    Detail2107 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2008
    I have been giving them DE in their food, which is supposed to help with the worms, but not all types. I sent a fecal exam in the vets office on a different hen several weeks ago for a different issue, and it came back negative for worms, but that doesn't mean that the others don't have worms. Should I be giving them a chicken de-wormer other than DE regularly? If so where do I get this? Feed stores? My animals are all free range on an acre property in AZ. There is no blood in their droppings, and they have been eating and drinking okay, but some might be loosing weight (the reason for the fecal exam). I have been giving the first hen some Betryl(sp?) mixed in water with an oral syringe, but I ran all out and it didn't really seem like it was working. I forgot to mention that this first hen also seems like she has a respiratory infection. She is sneezing a lot, discharge is coming from her nose, and she gargles when she breathes. So that was the main reason for the antibiotic Betryl. I guess I can send in another fecal exam or maybe even take her to the avian vet, but I don't have all the money in the world right now.
    I really don't want to separate the rooster because he keeps the hawks away, and the hens really like him around, but if I have to, I have to.
    I heard that molasses in their water helps with runny droppings??
    Is there such thing as a vent infection/ avian yeast infection or do you think she has worms? Does anyone have any advice on a type of antibiotic that I should be using if it is an infection or a type of wormer? Thanks for your help!
  6. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like worms to me. I bought Wazine (spelling?). Ivermectin will kill more types of worms though and would be my choice if those hens were mine.
  7. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    The hen with the sneezing, etc., seperater it from the flock. Treat with an antiobiotic and give it some milk ( buttermilk, spoiled milk, or regular milk) mixed in with the feed until crumbles. Milk will soothe the intestines, and help with the loose stools, but won't get rid of the problem that is causing the discharge.

    There's lots of chicken respiratory illnesses, some viral and some bacterial. Some highly contagious to the rest of the flock.

    There's a post in this section that states something along the lines of good chicken reference. It links to a florida website dealing with poultry and is like a spreadsheet with symptoms and common illnesses. Hope that helps!!
  8. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

  9. Brahmagirl

    Brahmagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2009
    Could your hens possibly have Vent Gleet? I have had several hens with this problem over the past year - the smell is absolutely dreadful - that is one of the ways to diagnose the problem. Do a search and see if you can find any information and if you think this is your hens' problem, let me know and I can tell you what treatments I have had success with.

  10. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    I would keep her separate for now- does she actually have diarrhea? Or are the feces just sticking to the area? Cutting the feathers away may help if she does not have diarrhea, and her conformation is causing feces to stick. If she has diarrhea, I would think about having a fecal done on THIS hen, the other hen's feces may not be representative of what is in THIS hen. If she has a saggy saggy bottom- from being such a good layer- the conformation of her may be the problem and you can control the symptoms with keeping her clean- but you can't fix the stretched out tissues. Vent gleet in adult birds (pasted vent) as someone else just wrote, is basically this.

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