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Issue #1: Vent Gleet and cold weather

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fosterson, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. fosterson

    fosterson Chillin' With My Peeps

    You know this would have to happen the minute they started forecasting snow and the temps plummeted into the 20s.

    I have 3 hens in one flock that seem to have woke up with gleet - I know I should give them a good bath first, but I'm really worried they won't stay warm enough if I do that. I only JUST got them back up into weight from when I acquired them.

    Advice out there? My ears are open.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    They'll be fine after the bath if you put them in a cage on warm towels and a hair dryer blowing on them till dry.

    There are a lot of prescribed remedies for vent gleet.
    My personal recommendation is probiotics. Plain yogurt, Bene-Bac powder from a vet or Gro-2-Max from http://www.gro2max.com/
    That is specifically formulated for chickens and can be used in water or feed.
     

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