:-/We noticed yesterday that an egg had some blood on it.... Today another on inspection of my 3 Peking Bantams one has an extremely swollen & infected looking vent... The other 2 were moist (I am not sure if this is wrong too...) I have no idea what to do, can someone help?
gross as it may sound, have you had a smell..............there is a disease called vent gleet characterised by discharge with a foul smell. not a chooky poop smell but a bad smell. i have never smelt it but have only seen descriptions on the net.
birds normally have moist vents, but it is not normal for hte feahters around the vent to be wet.
probably the best thing to do is to take the sick bird to a vet.
Do you have pigs? same medicineTreatment taken off the web
Separate the hen so that others don't pick up the infection and so that you can monitor her intake of food and water.
If the hen is continuing to lay, check with vet for egg withdrawal time or do not use eggs for approximately two weeks post treatment to ensure its totally out of her system.
Contact your vet and request a single sachet of Apralan. [Apramycin sulphate] Make the hen more comfortable by gently washing off exudate with mild soapy water rinsing well. Observe closely for lice/mites as they are particularly attracted by the exudate.
Apralan is an antibiotic used for pigs, but very effective in poultry with this type of infection. One sachet makes a Gallon/20 litres.. All that's needed is a small pinch in about a litre of water.
Give this as only source of water for approximately seven days.
You with also need Terramycin spray as a topical [application to skin] treatment.
Spray around the vent so that the whole of the area is covered blue, top up on a regular basis.
To ensure your hen is receiving enough of the medication, an easy method is to soak a little bread in the water and feed it to her in bits as a treat.
After a few days, wash off the Blue spray so that you can see the vent condition and judge for any improvements. Continue with treatment even if vent looks better as the infection may not be totally killed off and will start again if treatment is stopped to early.
Sounds like I should get a sachet and keep it handy just in case
Thanx, Shea... I hope so too.. Mick - I don't have pigs but also came across this treatment & the write up on the web too. Off to do some enquiring at my vets tomorrow... Will let you know what happens...
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