Gleet from the Latin glittus

I was asked on twitter this morning to help a fellow tweeter with a chicken ailment. Without actually seeing the bird diagnosis is never easy. However I was provided with a detailed list of symptoms and which would indicate the bird had “Vent Gleet” (ill give more detail on this shortly). I have seen this a few times on my twitter stream with chickens and thought I’d pull together the info and publish it on my blog.

Background: The word “Gleet” derives from the Latin “glittus”meaning “Sticky” so “Vent Gleet” is “Sticky Vent”. This is a generic term opposed to specific disease which describes a discharge from the chickens vent, The condition is also referred to as “Cloacitis”. The cause could be bacterial or fungal.

Symptoms: White/yellow pasty to runny discharge from the chickens vent; there is normally a rather offensive odour too. The infection will also cause a red and/or swollen vent which may bleed.

Treatment: First and foremost separate the hen from the rest of the flock, the red/bloody vent will attract the other hens to peck the area. The hen will need some antibiotics to help clear the infection so a trip to the vet is essential. On top of the antibiotics, apply some Violet/antiseptic spray to her vent(reapply regularly too), keep her diet simple; layers pellet/mash only. Add some Apple Cider Vinegar (20ml/litre) to her water and refresh this daily. You should see an improvement after 2-3 days and she should be able to join the rest of the flock after 5-7days.

Please note the antibiotics from the vet may have an associated egg withdrawal period post treatment.

Disclaimer: This is the advice i would recommend based on my experience and research, however you should always follow the advice from you vet.