lethargic 2 yr old Golden Buff hen with pale comb & watery stools.

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  1. rosemariec615

    rosemariec615 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 2 year old hen that has been slowly declining. Her comb is pale and she is lethargic. She had what looked like a stool scald on her behind and we have soaked her in a warm epsom salts bath to clear it up & treated the area with Betadine. Yesterday, I decided to separate her from the rest of the flock & noticed her stools are VERY WATERY. I had the vet check a stool which was negative. She was eating yesterday, but not so much today. I have given her some polyvisol that I had on hand when we had chicks.
    What else can I do to nurser her through this. She's more of a pet than a layer at this point and I DON'T want her to suffer. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Watery stools can be a sign of drinking a lot of water, especially if the temperature is hot. I would put probiotics in her water every other day. You could alternate with vitamin/electrolytes in the water on alternate days, and all may help with the diarrhea. Later, you can stop the electroltes when hot weather ends, and give the probiotic once a week. Probios Dispersible Powder and and Grow2Max are good brands of probiotics. Vent gleet can be a condition where there is redness, scalding, and diarrhea from a fungal infection of the GI tract, similar to a yeast infection. Nustock cream, a sulfur based cream from the feed store, or miconazole cream can be used externally on the vent to help clear it up. Here is a link to read in case that is what you are seeing: http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/12/vent-gleet-prevention-and-treatment.html
     
  3. rosemariec615

    rosemariec615 Out Of The Brooder

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    THANK YOU!!!!
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You're welcome. Each case of diarrhea and a red vent area is not vent gleet, but could be irritation from the diarrhea. Keeping feathers trimmed when hens have too much fluff near the vent sometimes helps. But a bare area below the vent that has red and white patches is usually a site of gleet.
     

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