my hen has a swollen bottom below vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LadyCarolyn, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. LadyCarolyn

    LadyCarolyn Hatching

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    my rhode island red has a swollen bottom,what can I do to bring it down? can someone plz help me? she doesn't seem eggbound,i looked. I'm new to this backyard chicken stuff too ty for any ideas
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    Welcome to BYC. Can you post a picture of her bottom? Is she swollen under her vent or is the vent swollen? Are there feathers missing or growing in? How old is she, and when did she last lay an egg? What does her poop look like? Is she eating and drinking? How active is she?
     
  3. frenchtchr

    frenchtchr In the Brooder

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    I've got the same thing going on with one of my chickens. She is an Ameraucana, normally a good layer. She looks all swollen and it appears as though feathers have fallen out of that area. I'll try to get a photo.
     
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    frenchtchr In the Brooder

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    Adding to it, I couldn't get a photo, because she's in the laying box and it's a bit dark. She's eating and drinking, poop seems too wet and a bunch in around her vent. I think she may have laid a soft shell egg yesterday as I was scooping poop and it was in a pile but it was hard to tell if there was color as it was covered in poop.

    Might she be egg bound? is there a good way to clean off her underside? I live in So Cal, so it's not cold, but it's not warm(by our standards) here right now.
     
  5. Eggcessive

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    Might be good to start your own new thread so that we don’t get confused with the OP’s thread. Clean the vent area off with soap and water, and dry her well. Put on a disposable glove and insert a finger into the vent an inch or two, and feel for a stuck egg. Sometimes shell-less eggs can get stuck.
     
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