Red and swollen area below vent - what is this???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Stargazerranch, May 27, 2007.

  1. Stargazerranch

    Stargazerranch Hatching

    May 27, 2007

    Two of my hens have a huge red swollen area below their vents the size of a palm. There are almost no feathers there besides a few stubbles.

    Both chickens are still very active, running around eating, and even laying.

    As you can see in the picture, the area is really swollen, red, and feels hot to the touch. The vent itself looks normal.

    It started a few weeks ago in one chicken, and a few days ago I noticed that another chicken has it too.

    Now I'm worried it's a virus or something contagious. [​IMG]

    I don't want to lose my whole flock.

    If you have any idea what this could be and how to treat, I would be very thankful.

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    Last edited: May 27, 2007
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    How old are these hens? Just a guess...they might be getting ready to go broody? I was thinking they might be pulling the feathers incubate them? I dont know....looks painfull! Poor things. Hope someone else has an idea for you. Let us know!
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    OK, I was hoping somebody that actually knew something might post, but I guess the holiday weekend is keeping them busy. Or, this is just a really odd case. None of my chickens have ever had this problem.

    My chickens have only ever had the type of mites that stay on them, so they were visible on the chickens. I was wondering if there is any possibility that this is a case of chickens having the type of mites that hide during daylight hours and only come out to attack the chickens at night? Especially since more than one chicken has the problem.

    Sorry your girls are having such trouble. That looks really uncomfortable!
  4. boilerjoe_96

    boilerjoe_96 Songster

    Apr 4, 2007
    West Lafayette, IN
    SOrry I don't know anything either... Some of my Cornish Cross(meat birds) have the same thing...

    Anybody with red rump knowledge out there??
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

  6. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Doesn't anyone know what this is. My chickens have it too. They are eating and laying just fine but look terrible. I checked for mites and treated them but it hasn't helped. Any help will be appreciated. Micki
  7. missusduray

    missusduray Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    I have been scouring the net to find an answer for you but I have come up empty handed. I am sorry. I wish that I had somthing to tell you. I read that some infections present that way. Maybe you want to call your local vet. Let us know if you find an answer.
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    many mites bury beneath the skin...I would treat with the appropriate amount of ivomec EPRINEX (ON the skin method and nOT in drinking water) and AGRESSIVELY clean their coops ... personally I do think it is a lice/mite problem. Here is an article on the Eprinex:

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