Mrs.Nez Has a Vent Problem ~ Help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by barg, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    For those of you who have not been following my Esther and Winnie thread,
    In the last couple weeks Emerald became broody and has taken over the nesting box, the other laying chickens subsequently stopped laying and Mrs. Nezbit has now developed this problem.
    Is this related to the cessation of egg lay'ing, or is this some Illness that needs to be treated

    Whats causeing this and what should I do?
    (for the photo impared: the pictures show white stuff on the feathers surrounding her vent)
    If you dont see the pictures try right clicking on them and selecting"Show Picture"
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Just looks to me like some of the urates got stuck in her fluff. I see that around here on my really fluffy girls sometimes. Don't think it's a problem, necessarily.
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I think that our Mrs. Nezbit will be fine...sometimes the chicken pee gets stuck to their bum feathers. You can clip some of the end of the feathers or put vaseline on them so that it doesn't stick.
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Broody birds will practically starve themselves ... ensure she drinks and eats sufficiently and offer live culture yogurt (my broodys always eat a lot of yogurt when they are brooding)
    >if this is problematic (not eating sufficiently) then consider halving a cantelope or such and putting feed in that and set it next to her in the nest.
  5. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    what a fabulosu idea to put food in cantelope. i feed them old melons anyway.........never thought of that
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    My older fluffier hens have that. I wouldn't be worried. Just clean it off and clip it shorter and you'll be fine.

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