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Dripping Chicken vent HELP!!!
June 30, 2011
7:11 pm
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laurajenkins
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I have a hen that sounds like she is trying to lay an egg, but nothing comes out.  She is still eating and scratching around the yard with others.  Not sure if its a stuck egg way in there or chicken yeast infection.  Any ideas????  I checked inside her vent and couldn't feel anything.

June 30, 2011
9:24 pm
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Has she experienced any kind of trauma lately?  I had a chicken that did something similar but she had been hit by a car.  Unfortunaly there arn't many chicken vets to go to for help with this sort of thing. 

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June 30, 2011
9:35 pm
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laurajenkins
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No she hasn't.  She is one of my healthiest girls.

July 1, 2011
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CATRAY44
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Look for signs of poultry lice. Clumps of grey at the base of her vent feathers.

July 1, 2011
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Is her abdomen hard or swolen? You may have to pick up some others to learn what 'normal' is.  (a good reason to keep chickens used to being handled by picking some of them up daily or at least occasionally)

Does it feel hot? 

You can go to a farm supply place and get antibiotics to put in her water, or even to inject but this is not something that is a good idea without actual gaping infected wounds so I really feel hesitant to even type this.  You don't want to start throwing antibiotics at every little odd thing that happens to chickens.  Chickens are amazingly resilient and can usually recover from some pretty terrible things.  They're survivors! 

I don't have any brilliant suggestions about what it could be… the other questions about mites and such are good ones too.  If she's eating and drinking, there's lots of room for hope. 

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