Sore vent on very young chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PulletSurpriseWinner, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. PulletSurpriseWinner

    PulletSurpriseWinner Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 27, 2011
    Hi, all:

    I'm new to chicken keeping and also this forum. We have two Silkies, a buff Brahma bantam, a Dominique, and a Red Star. My wife and I have been preparing for months, and last Tuesday we got our five peeps in the mail. They all seemed a little rattled, but settled in and all were eating and drinking after "introduction" to their feeders. They are now one week old and get along well.

    One of the babies, the buff Brahma bantam, began peeping loudly for no apparent reason yesterday. We observed her carefully and saw no obvious problems. However she, and the other two bantams, have had to have poop removed from their backsides a few times. I followed the method used for pasting in Storey's guide (use warm water to soften poop and remove carefully w/damp paper towel). I don't believe it was really pasting, but thought it was wiser to be safe than sorry.

    Today I observed her "crying" miserably again.... then she pooped. She "cried" afterwords too. Clearly she's uncomfortable. I picked her up and checked her backside, her vent appears swollen and sore. None of the other chicks have this problem with their vents, and they haven't picked at hers. I tried applying some antiseptic ointment per Storey's guide, thinking perhaps treating her for pasting might make it better.

    Several hours have passed and it does appear slightly better, but it's still bothering her. She still has some discomfort when she eliminates.

    Other than the trouble with her bottom, she seems okay. She's VERY energetic (in fact, the hardest chick to catch), spends no more or less time under the lamp than the others, and eats, drinks, sleeps normally. She is still curious about what goes on around her and sleeps about the same amount as the other chicks.

    I just can't figure why she's having this problem. It's a very helpless feeling.

    Any ideas? I hate to think of such a tiny young creature suffering like this!
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I used to hold their bottoms under running warm water to get the poop off because I had a problem just like yours when I tried to remove it with anything mechanical. I'd just stay with an antibiotic ointment after every cleaning or once or twice a day til it's better. Just be sure the ointment does not have a "caine" drug in it (for pain relief) such as benzocaine, cetacaine, etc. If you happen to have Neosporin Ointment with pain relief, it's OK to use, as it's a different class of drug for pain.
  3. PulletSurpriseWinner

    PulletSurpriseWinner Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 27, 2011

    Thank you for your advice. It was "Neosporin 3-in-1", the label says it has a petroleum jelly base and lists three antibiotics. It doesn't list an anesthetic, so I'm guessing it hasn't got one?

    Is it safe to say I caused her problem by swabbing the poop off her bottom? I feel REALLY guilty, but at least I have some idea what's ailing her. I will apply the knowledge to try and keep her comfortable in the future.

    Thanks again for your input and I'll post updates.


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