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poop attached to strand of tissue dangling from vent whats wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by VioletBlueIvy, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. VioletBlueIvy

    VioletBlueIvy Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    I have been searching for what this could be and not found anything...
    This morning I noticed my 1 year old RIR hen had what looked like a piece of poop stuck to her vent. The feathers around the area are covered in dried white poop. I picked her up and flipped her over to look and it is a roundish, dry hard ball of feces dangling from a moist strand of something coming out of her vent. I pulled on the ball of poop. (sorry, I know it is gross, but I thought maybe it was a piece of grass or a worm or something like that she was fine last night) It felt firmly attached, and when I pulled a little more firmly i felt something give a little, but it felt almost like something was tearing or catching, and she started to struggle a little, so I stopped. I dont want to hurt her or make it worse. I was afraid it would catch on something so I snipped it off close to the poop, and where I cut it it looks like tissue. The other end slid back in the vent. There is a little light orange colored gelatinous clear stuff clinging around the vent in a couple spots too that looks weird. And it smells bad. Not like normal poop smell. She is eating and drinking and acting normal. I am not sure if she is laying, they havent been laying good the last couple weeks, and she is getting in alot of new feathers right now.
    Any thoughts?
  2. Siler

    Siler Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Indiana
    It sounds like maybe she ate a string and it's caught. What about olive oil? Would that lube the inner workings? Kind of like a cat eating tinsel from the Christmas tree. [​IMG] If you pull you might damage her insides. It would have to work it's way out. Just keep her butt clean and hopefully someone else out there has a better idea.
  3. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    Does her weight seem right? Where it went back inside her vent, could it be a tapeworm?
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    I had a hen pass a small tissue like ball attached to a "cord" of tissue. It was attached inside somehow. I snipped it off, and watched her thinking she surely would die, but that's been about 4 months ago and she's still fine..... their was no bad odor however so I would clean out the vent with some saline flush for a few days and perhaps put her on an antibiotic for 5 days and see if it improves.
  5. VioletBlueIvy

    VioletBlueIvy Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    She is definately not thin, she actuallu feels meaty for laying hen, but she is big too. The 'cord' was definately tissue, but I dont think it is a worm, it was uniform in thickness, consistant all the way through, wheras a worm would be tubular?
    Chickenzoo, that sounds similar, except he ball of feces, maybe the tissue was just coated with it? I'll try that and see what happens.

    She is still fine this morning. I will post any developments.
    thanks for the responses!

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