Vent or gut issue?

JW2013

Chirping
Aug 9, 2019
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I went out to check on the chickens this morning and found this hen with this drainage coming out of her. Was unable to catch her to get a good look at the vent. This is the only hen that is
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this way and this is the first time I've ever seen this
 

coach723

Free Ranging
Feb 12, 2015
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How old is she? The pictures are not clear enough to tell if it's just droppings stuck in her feathers, or if there may be egg material, or a deformed egg shell also. I would get her cleaned up and take a closer look. A soak in warm epsom salts will loosen things up and help get her clean.
 

coach723

Free Ranging
Feb 12, 2015
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Could be a malformed egg. If it all passes then there may be no further problems, but I would keep an eye on her. If not all egg passes it could end up causing infection. I would still do a soak/bath and clean her up and check her over. If you can remove it, what ever it is, and get a good look at it, that would help. Despite the grossness. You can wear gloves. If it's still not all the way out you can sometimes assist by gently pulling with constant pressure and it might help her pass it. Don't pull real hard, you don't want to hurt her or cause her to prolapse. The warm bath will also help her relax. If you can ID what it is, just droppings built up, or something else, that would be helpful.
 

WindingRoad

Songster
Nov 21, 2018
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The easiest way to catch a chicken is after dark off the roost. Chickens can't see in the dark. I just hold my flashlight behind me and sneak up on them. Get ahold of those wings so they don't beat ya to death. LOL
 

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