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Poop on butt

3 of my hens stopped laying eggs a couple of weeks ago. I noticed that they have poop built up on their backsides. It was matted in with the feathers and difficult to remove.

When I googled the symptoms I came across vent gleet. So I followed some of the advice in treating that - I've added ACV and garlic to their water, fed them some probiotic yoghurt and given their run a thorough cleaning.

Has anybody else dealt with this before and might have some advice ?

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

vent gleet is a continuous dribble of white liquid, an mostly uncurable.
have u washed their vent feathers or cut off the bad bits an washed?
have you checked for lice an mites?, northeren fowl mites look like a lot of dirt on vent feathers,
diet is another thing, what are they being fed, an is it in date etc

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

You would know vent gleet immediately, as it is a yellowish discharge which comes from and gathers around the vent. It is also an extremely bad smell.
It can be cured by antibiotics ,but not usually worth the expense unless a very valuable breeding bird.
You need to be very carefull if that is what it is, as it can pass on to humans. Washing hands after handling is essential.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

@Pearl @Desy

Thanks for the replies.

I cut away the feathers and washed their backsides in warm water and removed all the ... dingle-berries !

They don't have yellow discharge or smell bad so I guess that's a good sign. However their poop is very dark, bordering on black sometimes.

They're being fed red mills layers pellets (in date) with occasional corn on cob and they get out on the lawn and eat grass (and I presume whatever worms and bugs they can catch).

They're pets so valuable in that regard and would bring them to a vet if I could find one in Dublin that has knowledge of chickens ... any recommendations ?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Bairbre O'Maille in Bray is good with poultry

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Thanks @Springwell

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Diatomaceous earth food grade is the best thing for any type of poop problem, in my experience it might be worms.. My girls could have watery poop I give them the diatomaceous earth for 3 days and they are right as rain

Shauntelle Doyle
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

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