Is this vent gleet? (warning: pretty groddy picture)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brettzim, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. brettzim

    brettzim Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are relatively self sufficient. I feel bad for not catching this sooner but we snagged a couple gals to put into a chicken tractor to do some tilling. When we were carrying one over we noticed she smelled terrible - like rotten terrible. So I turned her over and she has yellow crust/ooze on her vent. I soaked her in epsom salts and then snapped a couple pictures to get help IDing the problem. From what I have read this could likely be vent gleet. But, I don't want to avoid antibiotics if it's a bacterial infection and I don't want to give them if its fungal. Also, this is post butt-soaking so that's why her feathers are super special. Thanks for your help. And, any suggestions on how to deal with this are greatly appreciated. I already give my flock apple cider vinegar in their water and recently did an epsom flush for everyone when I switched them to a new coop/area (my old coop had mold in it that I worried was impacting their health).

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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Looks like some type of infection, but it might also be something else. Can you take her to a vet?

    -Kathy
     
  3. ronott1

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    It does not look like vent gleet. Vent gleet is white to pasty gray and smells sweet not rotten.

    It looks more like internal laying or a broken stuck egg. Look into treating for that.
     
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  5. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member

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    Yes, it looks like a bacterial infection. There is also some nasty red around the vent. Mites might be involved too but there was likely a broken egg involved.

    Check for masses in the area above the vent.

    added: there is also mareks cancer and a new reproductive cancer that presents at two years old or so.
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    This is what I see:
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    Not positive, so don't quote me on this, but I think they can get pox on their vents, and maybe canker, too.

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    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member

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    I have not had pox in my chickens thank goodness!

    I hope the hen gets better.
     
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    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member

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    I better knock on wood then!

    Do you vaccinate yearly now?
     

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