Swollen foul smelling bottom

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JulieP, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. JulieP

    JulieP New Egg

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    I have just caught one of my chickens that I noticed had a very dirty back end yesterday. She was sitting in the nesting area and was very subdued. She has a very swollen vent and it smells putrid with a very very messy back end. I cannot find an information with the these symptoms.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    First, I would clean her up and evaluate her better. Let her soak in a basin of warm, lightly soapy water til you get the gunk soaked or cleaned off. She will probably relax nto the idea of a bath once she settles down from being put in there. Then keep her indoors to air dry or blow her dry if you wish, on a low setting. Check for a stuck egg and for a swollen belly, above the vent area. I'd keep her by herself, somewhere like my bathroom, where she can rest and I can see how much she is eating, drinking, pooping and laying.

    There are a number of posssible causes: eggbound, internal layer, vent gleet come to mind, but that's far rom a complete list.
     
  3. JulieP

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    Thank you so much for the advice. I have cleaned her up. By the looks of things she is not egg bound and after doing a google search she has the classic symptoms of vent gleet as was one of your suggestions. I will now do some research on how to get her better. Thank you again.
     
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