Something Coming out of my RIR's Vent!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EquestrianGal, May 9, 2011.

  1. EquestrianGal

    EquestrianGal Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a two year old RIR who is incredibly sweet. [​IMG]

    It is coming straight out of her vent and looks like a semi-clear tube almost. It is probably a centimeter in diameter, membrane-like, and maybe filled with liquid. it is several inches long (4?), but kind of looped over itself.

    I guess about a month ago she started having symptoms of egg drop syndrome (thin, sandpapery shelled eggs), but I just thought it was a calcium deficiency and made sure she had more access to oyster shell (I hadn't been doing that before b/c had never had a problem and didn't know I should). It didn't help and I started doing research to see what else it could be--I was really just thinking mineral deficiency at that point. That is when I came across info on Egg Drop Syndrome. I don't know that she has all the symptoms, and I really have no idea how she could have become infected (we added two chickens from a friend 6 months ago, but they never showed any signs of problems and prior to that no chickens were added since last spring, all of which are still healthy).

    A few days ago she started acting lethargic. I now have her separated from the flock and started antibiotics (terramycin) for both her and the rest of the flock (I lost several guineas to a virus a couple years ago and I really don't want to go through that again).

    I feed a layer pellet, oyster shell supplement, and they freerange all day (not at night b/c we have lost several to foxes, so they are in Ft Knox after dark lol). I provide fresh water but I am sure they also drink out of a small seasonal pond on the property.

    I think that might be all the info I have. Does anyone know ANYTHING about this?? Like I said, this chicken is incredibly sweet (will jump up in the car with us and has even let my 4 year old daughter carry her around before). Our chickens are not pets, but this one is so friendly that we can't help but be attached to her.
     
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  2. EquestrianGal

    EquestrianGal Out Of The Brooder

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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    You are too new to post pictures. If you want email it to me and I will post for you.

    Imp
     
  4. EquestrianGal

    EquestrianGal Out Of The Brooder

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    it let me put the link to the picassa album. I could also email them to you if you think that would be better. (just want to help my chicken if possible!!)
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It's OK the link works and the pictures are great, very clear.
    I have never seen this posted before. It kinda looks like she is passing a soft shelled egg.
    Is it continuing to come out?
    I'm guessing it is just one of those weird things that chickens occasionally do. Right now I don't think I'd worry too much. (I know easy for me to say)
    Please post if more symptoms present.
    Imp
     
  6. susannemw

    susannemw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it some sort of worm problem?
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    It's not a worm. If it were, it would be a tapeworm, it would be flat and segmented. I agree with Imp, it looks like a soft shelled egg.
     
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Soft shelled egg would be my guess do you feed oyster shell?
     
  9. EquestrianGal

    EquestrianGal Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think it is a parasite of any kind, although that was my first thought, too. Just doesn't look alive in any way, and tapeworms look to be shaped different.
    I am leaning toward softshell egg after your responses, but it seems to be stuck. I don't know if I should "help" her get it out or just leave it.

    Yes, I feed oyster shell. is there another mineral deficiency that could cause soft shell problems? I mentioned in my first post that she has been having problems with thin shelled eggs for about a month. they seem to be getting progressively worse.

    She hasn't been acting right for several days and I noticed a couple places where it looks like her feathers are coming out. I don't know what is going on, but she just isn't doing well. I don't know if I am dealing with two separate issues or one issue. she eats everything the others eat


    I have a guinea cock that is also acting "off" I have him in isolation now, as well (the very fact that I could catch him is pretty decent evidence he doesn't feel well). every one else seems great, but I have disinfected everything that I can (coop, feed and water containers, etc.). I am also going to keep them in the coop/yard area the next few days to make sure they are drinking the water with terramycin in it.
     
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Sorry, I'm not more help. If more symptom present, please post them. It's hard when the symptoms are vague.

    Good luck & it sounds like you are doing good,

    Imp
     

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