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Vent crusted over w/what looks like old egg....ugggg....advice please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wendyrun, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. wendyrun

    wendyrun Out Of The Brooder

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    hi Folks,

    I have 2 BR hens that are about 1 1/2 yrs old, got from a friend. One's been laying right away, the other has had only a few soft shell eggs. We've had them just over 2 months.

    I thought I been smelling ... an odor... from Ginny, who is the every - third week soft egg layer. there is oyster shell available, and they are free ranging in the yard, I don't know how to get her to get the nutrients she needs....but the immediate problem...

    Last night she went into the hen house quite early. I thought that she might be laying a real egg. But she never came out. Yesterday I was certain I saw a trail of flies around her rump. This morning - no egg, no soft egg, nothing. Normal stools in house. However, when they came out, I noticed a distinct smell that smells like something rotten or dead. I checked Ginny's vent, and it was nearly entirely crusted over. Yellowy-back crud, ugggg, smell is horrible. I did notice some loose watery stools I assumed were hers.

    I got a little bin, filled up with warm water and spent about 10-15 minutes trying to massage the crud off. I think I got a bit too vigorous and there was a little redness, a little tiny bit of blood, so instead of trying to pull off chunks, I just rubbed.The water started getting too cool to seem like it was working. I got a lot off but not all. After I dried her as much as I could manage, I rubbed a big glob of neosporin all over the vent and the cruddy stuff.

    NOW WHAT?
    It smells better but not great. she is working it around and I saw more stools that look .... egggy - like the white, gelatinous. but with poop in it. Do I need to try to go into the vent?? She's never had a hard shelled egg since we have had her, so I was thinking for some reason the stuff just got stuck there, and dried, but hoping there is nothing else. I'm new to chickens, I tried to feel around while I was washing her but I haven't got a clue what I'm feeling for.

    she seems to be eating and moving around fine. In fact, I expected her to run like crazy to get away when I let her go and she was pretty casual about it. The other chicken came over and picked at some of her wet feathers a bit, and she started grooming herself.

    I was thinking of giving her some gatorade. Also they both ate sunflower seeds from my husband's hand this morning but I don't think she was as vigorous as usual.

    Do I watch and wait? Do I need to feel around in the vent? Or can I try another warm bath on her rump this afternoon???
     
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a newbie too and just had one of mine have fluidy stuff coming out of her vent. I gave her a good warm water soak and dried her and put her back to roost and by morning she had expelled the broken leathery egg shell. So far no more problems but I have been offering lots more yogurt and ground egg shells to see if she needs more calcium. I intended the next morning to soak her again and see if I could massage her pusihing toward her vent. I don't know what to tell you to do but maybe this can bump it up for someone more experienced.
    sharon
     
  3. wendyrun

    wendyrun Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Sharon,

    ahh yogurt!! good idea.

    Ginny explained to me that she now feels violated. I told her that I too, feel quite the same. I figured I had better see what was going on in there if I could.

    I did leave her alone for a few hours first while she dried off outside. Then I read on here she should be kept inside. Oops. It's sunny and about 80ish give or take, so I figure that is probably ok. Not interested in gatorade. I tried yogurt and eggshell, but I had to put seeds on top to get her to try it. then I remembered I had salmon skin that I saved them from dinner last night. I chopped it up - the other girl ate more than she did but she got some.

    Just now I have tried yogurt with some canned salmon with bones in it, she took that that better.

    Then we did vent check. [​IMG]
    I checked her and rubbed mineral oil all around the area. It's still a little .. crusty... But the smell seems gone. I didn't feel anything internally either but there was some stool. Gross, but I hope that means things are working. I am hoping that the egg was something she passed several days ago and that she had maybe done that at night and just sat in it. Not sure. I have seen the leftovers in the hen house in the morning a few times.

    I also rubbed her belly and didn't feel anything - and so I locked her in the coop with the gatorade, yogurt mix, and some bonus dried meal worms that I bought for the wild birds. She seems to like those and hopefully will forgive me after a while and make a nice recovery.

    I don't know how to tell when she might need antibiotics or further treatment. She has been pretty perky and normal the last few days - we thought she was stinky but sometimes, hard to pin down where the smell was from so then I thought I had imagined it. I thought her rump looked funky before about 2 weeks ago, but turns out she was starting a molt - has been losing feathers here and there, and there was nothing serious going on - but again, I think it was soft egg stuck on her vent - nothing like this though.

    I won't wait again if I suspect something is wrong. Poor Ginny is going to run like hell every time she sees me come near her now.

    Wendy
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010

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