Poorly Ex-Batt.. Any idea?

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Re: Poorly Ex-Batt.. Any idea?

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That looks much cleaner and more comfortable. I'd like to be able to see a close-up pic of her vent though, and another one from the side view where it looked like a possible prolapse yesterday. In this pic she appears to have an unusually long open, horizontal slit for her vent it looks strange.
Also a pic of some actual poo would be helpful so we could see if this was now normal and falling freely without messing her up again. If the owner could line the floor of the coop with a sheet of newspaper and then go down after dark when the hens are all sleeping it should be possible to see where on the perch she has settled down, and then to identify and photograph her overnight poos next morning. Have all the other new exbatts got clean bums?

Are they going to treat all the hens with Flubenvet ASAP? You haven't said how experienced your friends are with chickens, so they might appreciate your help with how to do this. There are several posts on here where this is discussed. E.g this recent thread if they would like to register for themselves. viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11218
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Re: Poorly Ex-Batt.. Any idea?

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And I can confirm head definitely up now and running around with / like the others as well... So on the mend. Yeah will let them know...
I think it was their first lot of ex bats as well and I am also pretty sure that they are beginners...
They have 2 other growers they have incubated as well, they only 2 that came out of a batch of 12 I think which they'd had through mail order during lockdown. Both boys by the looks of it unfortunately.
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Re: Poorly Ex-Batt.. Any idea?

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Thank you very much for all this info again... I will pass the latest post on to them too 👍🏻😊
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Re: Poorly Ex-Batt.. Any idea?

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Whilst recognising the humane value and the feelgood factor of taking on exbatts, it’s because this sort of thing can go wrong that we generally point out possible problems to people getting their first hens, if they ask for advice. Yes, many or most hybrids do eventually get to the stage where their prolific egg laying catches up with them and they go down to prolapse, eggbinding, peritonitis, ascites etc, but usually not until they are 3+ years old, by which time the owner might be more experienced, know what to look out for, and how to respond. Also one would hope that problems such as this poor bird was suffering, due to neglect in her previous environment, wouldn’t occur because a runny bum would be seen, promptly cleaned up and the cause of it treated by the owner.
I hope this hen recovers enough to enjoy her new home and all that lovely grass and freedom, she deserves it. However, we still don’t know what is the cause of her runny bum, and she will need careful monitoring in the next few days and weeks.
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