Yucky butt feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by segeine, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. segeine

    segeine Out Of The Brooder

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    Zombie, one of my Ameracanas, seems to be ill. She hasn't laid in 2-3 days (unusual) and I notices last night that her butt-feathers were looking kind of nasty - stuck together and just dirty looking. Today, I saw her pooping and it's kind of yellowish and really gloppy looking. I am a pretty new chicken-keeper, so I have NO idea what to do. Does anyone have any advice?
    Thanks!

    --Segeine
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    How is she acting? Is she eating and drinking, or lethargic? Have you wormed her recently? For worming I recommend Valbazen or SafeGuard Liquid. I would put on a rubber glove, and stick a finger into the vent 1 or 2 inches to check for egg bound. Then I would start some probiotic/vitamin powder into their water. Rooster Booster Vitamins with Lactobacillus is an okay brand. If you notice any white or yellowish patches around a red vent, she may have vent gleet. I would clean off any droppings, and trim any excess feathers around the vent. Here is some info on vent gleet:
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/12/vent-gleet-prevention-and-treatment.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/vent-gleet-aka-nasty-chicken-butt
     
  3. segeine

    segeine Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Eggsessive! She is acting pretty normal, but I will check her vent (eewww...) and get her some probiotics. I'll also try the vinegar thing.
    I guess checking a chicken's vent isn't as bad as cleaning a gelding's sheath...
     
  4. Theofire88

    Theofire88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So true [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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