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Hen bleeding in from her bottom area

Hi all,
Wondering if anyone can give me some help here. I've got a hen that is bleeding from her bottom area. The roosters seem to like her a lot and I was wondering if she could be getting over used by the roosters. Her back hasn't gotten to bad yet. She doesn't like to come off the roost much during the day. I think this is because the roosters go after her so much. Also some of the other hens seem to pick on her.
Basically I am wondering if the mating process that happens between a rooster and a hen, if it happens a lot, could cause bleeding in the mentioned area.
Thanks

craigmartin
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

I didn't mean to have the word "in" in the title of my thread.

craigmartin
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

Hi Craig, sorry to hear your hen is poorly. Roosters don't have penises, so it is unlikely they are harming her vent in that regard. However, do you have drakes running with your hens? They do have penises and can really do damage to hens vents 😢. Is there a lot of blood, or just small bits here and there?

She may also be egg-bound and either be struggling to pass a big egg or may have had an egg break inside her and the shards of shell are causing her grief. Sometimes if they are struggling with a difficult egg, they can prolapse their vent and you will see blood and mucosa tissue outside of the body. If she prolapses, bring her inside immediately, and take a handful of plain white granulated sugar and hold this against the prolapsed tissue: the sugar will help with cellular osmosis and bring down the swelling and make it easier for the tissue to involute back into her body. We do this for mammals who prolapse their wombs too. If she has NOT prolapsed, but is having a difficult time, walking funny, tail down, "penguin" stance, etc, give her a soaking bath in warm water with Epsom salts, and the Epsom salts should draw out the problem egg. You will have to soak her in the warm water for at least 15 minutes for it to be effective though.

If she is just passing blood here and there in her poop, treat immediately for Coccidiosis.

Hope she gets sorted, good luck!

DrBaker
Thursday, April 14th, 2022


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