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Yucky butt feathers

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

  1. segeine

    segeine Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2014
    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?

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    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:
  3. segeine

    segeine Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2014
    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

    Feb 16, 2015
    So true [​IMG][​IMG]

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