Vent Gleet

Vent gleet is the common name given to a cloacal fungal infection caused by Candida albicans; it presents in a similar way to thrush.

  • In general hens will continue to eat and drink normally.
  • Vent gleet can be transmitted by a cockerel if kept with infected hens.
  • Symptoms can recur and may be difficult to completely resolve.

Symptoms

  • Sticky yellow whiteish paste-like discharge from vent.
  • Hard white crusting on dirty tail feathers.
  • Strong unpleasant smell.

Causes

  • Often a secondary problem following a pecking injury to the vent, prolapse or other Candida infection (such as sour crop).
  • Can occur following a course of antibiotics.
  • Can be linked to Herpes virus (if a cockerel is present within the flock).

Guidance

Note that this home remedy is not intended to offer a cure or replace veterinary treatment, but may alleviate symptoms where no professional support is easily available. The suggestions are based on experience gained with our own hens.

Home remedy:

  • Step 1. Put two tablespoons of Epsom salts into a washing up bowl half full of comfortably hot water.
  • Step 2. Sit your hen into the water and allow her to soak her bottom for a good 10 minutes – she will probably enjoy this and may start to nod off! (Figure 1).
  • Step 3. Take her out and pat the wet area dry with a clean old towel.
  • Step 4. Apply Canesten cream (Figure 2) around the vent area including just inside the vent entrance.
  • Step 5. Add apple cider vinegar to drinking water and provide a probiotic daily.
  • Step 6. Repeat the bath every 48 hours and re-apply the cream until you see improvement.

Prevention

There is no way to prevent this condition.

Figure 1: Sit your hen into the water and allow her to soak her bottom for a good 10 minutes
Figure 1: Sit your hen into the water and allow her to soak her bottom for a good 10 minutes
Figure 2: Apply Canesten cream around the vent area including just inside the vent entrance
Figure 2: Apply Canesten cream around the vent area including just inside the vent entrance. For illustrative purpose only, apply to gloved finger not direct from tube.

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