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tube hanging from lethargic hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by robat70, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. robat70

    robat70 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our hens became lethargic today and I noticed something hanging from her rear. It came off easily... was not attached, more just stuck to the feathers. It's a hollow tube, the thickest part is a springy bulb. We discovered a poorly formed egg yesterday. Is this some kind of inverted vent due to a problem passing the eggs? I doesn't look good...


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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It may be the shell-less membrane of an egg.
     
  3. dawg53

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    It's a mishapen soft shell without the whites/yolk. It sounds like your hen is having internal egg laying problems. If there are liquid remains of the egg inside her, it could cause a bacterial infection. I recommend that you give her a vinegar/water flush to prevent bacterial infection.
    Use a large syringe without a needle, mix 1 tablespoon of WHITE vinegar to 1 quart of water. Use a syringeful of the mixture and insert it into her vent and gently flush. Use about 3 or 4 syringefuls, the liquid may or may not flow out of her afterwards.
     
  4. robat70

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    She's seems much better now, so I may hold off on the cleansing but will keep track of her. It's probably a method we should get familiar with so I'll look for some how-to videos on utube.

    Perhaps they're all going through an 'awkward stage'.
    It is nice to have this kind of support-- Thank you.
     

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