White messy bottom, messy feathers. What could this be? Pictures.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by algopurple, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. algopurple

    algopurple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    Ripley TN
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    This is my hen. I have so many I don't know if she has been laying or not. She is just over a year old. I found her like this when I got in from work and took this picture just a few minutes ago after I couldn't find any info about it on the net. Closest thing I can come up with is impacted egg? Like I said, I have lots of chickens and most of them have stopped laying since so many of them are molting right now so I can't say if she has been laying or not. When I lifted her tail to get a better look she started to pick at the vent area and thats when I noticed she has it bloody.
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it's gross, but i think you should - or maybe i should ask if you have already cleaned it off to see better what's going on. I had a chicken recently who looked kind of like that from behind, and when i cleaned her up, i realized that her vent was inverted (or whatever the correct term is). It could be a combination of the two, but if her vent is inverted, she definitely can't get the egg out, if there is one.

    That's where i would start.
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    You need to clean it first to get a better look of what is going on.

    First thoughts are:
    Vent Gleet or Prolapsed

    Matt
     
  4. algopurple

    algopurple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    Ripley TN
    The vent is deff. sticking out and swolen (SP).
    I have never cleaned a chicken and have no idea how. I do have rubber gloves and am prepared to try.
    Advice?
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2009
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When i had a similar situation, i dunked the chicken's bum in a warm bath to help loosen the mess on the vent, etc. and tried to gently loosen. Then after you've cleaned it as much as you can, use lukewarm water to soak the vent some more and then apply honey or preparation-h. Then gently use your finger - or if your finger is too big for the area, a clean q-tip - and gently push it back in. This will make a little more sense after you've done it once.

    I will yield to the others to advise what to do if there is an egg behind that prolapse, which i would assume there is.

    Oh, this will be easier if you have someone to hold her and keep her calm while you work on her back side.
     

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