Strange egg-like discharge?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ReindeerStationFarm, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. ReindeerStationFarm

    ReindeerStationFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple months ago one of my chickens got fly strike. As I was treating her I found that her vent had a lot of yellow yolk-like discharge and was irritated and bleeding. I treated her until the skin around the vent looked normal and the yellow discharge was minimal. She seemed fine and I thought she was all better. Today I decided to take a look at her vent to be sure everything was okay. The skin around the vent seems fine, but there was still some yellow yolk-like discharge, though not much, but there was a watery, sort of egg-whitish discharge from her vent.

    I don't know if she's laying eggs or not because I have no way to isolate her from the rest of the birds without causing her a lot of stress. My guess is that she's not and there's something going on inside that is preventing her from making shells and the insides of her eggs are just draining out her vent...which earlier resulted in fly strike when the discharge got a little caked up by her vent. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? Any treatment suggestions? She looks and acts perfectly normal aside from this. If it matters, she's a golden comet and about 3-4 years old. Thanks!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It sounds as though she has had an egg break inside her, and she may be a good candidate for getting egg yolk peritonitis or internal laying problems. Make sure that she is getting layer feed with 4% calcium, and taking crushed oyster shell offered as needed. I might even feed her crushed egg shells daily as a snack to make sure. When hens become internal layers they may have droppings that have a cooked egg appearance. I am not terribly informed about this disease, but here are some links to read:
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/526089/egg-yolk-peritonitis
     
  3. ReindeerStationFarm

    ReindeerStationFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!! I hope that's not the case...I've had to put down two hens who became internal layers. So far this one isn't walking like a penguin or looking in any other way distressed. I wish she (they) would eat the oyster shells...they are on permanent offer but never get eaten. I don't know why. Have done a little research myself since posting and vent gleet could also be the culprit. Thought I'd treat for that since it can't hurt and could help. Thanks for your suggestions and the links!!

    CĂ©leste
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    Vent gleet usually includes red vent area with missing feathers, and white or yellow patches, along with a foul odor. If you are seeing fresh egg material, that sounds like a broken egg inside her. I would put on a rubber glove and insert a finger just inside the vent to get any egg shell or membrane that could be retained. Here are some good links about vent gleet if you need them:
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/12/vent-gleet-prevention-and-treatment.html
    http://birdhealth.com.au/flockbirds/poultry/diseases/vent_gleet.html
     
  5. ReindeerStationFarm

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    Will try that. Thanks!
     

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