Wednesday, January 15, 2014
First Aid - Pasted (Caked) Vent
A number of things can cause pasted vent. As simple as feeding too much flax seed to infections which require treatment with various agents. If a sweet chicken-like smell is noted it is likely bacterial usually E. coli, Clostridial, or Streptococcus or even caused by yeast (Candida). If the caking is hard and dark black it maybe a a low grade Megabacteria. Dark green and greasy caking and sweet smelling is characteristic of Candida. In breeding hens it may signify uterus infections.
No unusual odor was noted in this hen so I will start with just the cleaning five day treatment with KD Powder followed by probiotics.