AB­DOM­I­NAL UP­SETS CAN CAUSE AP­PAR­ENT LAME­NESS IN CHICK­ENS

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QI have had chick­ens for just over a year with­out prob­lems. How­ever, one of my hens now has ‘stuff’ com­ing out of her vent. She is also start­ing to hob­ble. Please can you give me some ad­vice

ABen says: It would be im­por­tant to as­cer­tain what the ‘stuff’ is. I would ad­vise col­lect­ing some and tak­ing your hen to your near­est chicken friendly prac­tice for a de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion. Poul­try will ap­pear lame with most ab­dom­i­nal up­sets. The vent is an open­ing where three sep­a­rate body sys­tems con­verge — the gas­troin­testi­nal sys­tem, the re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem and the uri­nary sys­tem. There are mul­ti­ple pos­si­bil­i­ties as to what could be go­ing on, so a true iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the sub­strate is im­por­tant.

The vent is an open­ing where three sep­a­rate body sys­tems con­verge

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