For four days now - my 8 month old laying silkie has a recurrent prolapse. Day one was Sunday, so I tried everything I have read here at BYC and while the prolapse would go back in, in less than a minute it would be out again.
Day two, she went to my vet, who is just starting out her expansion into chicken medicine - we are her first patient. She did everything I did, then did a complete purse string suture - and then took it out because "Jennifer Aniston" is a layer. Late in the day,
per the advice on BYC, I told her we should be able to do that to her temporarily as long as she (the vet) did not feel it was due to egg binding but that we had to induce her molt.
Day three, the vet called a chicken vet, confirmed what I had to say - performed an xray, that shows there are two eggs. She did a partial purse string, but Jennifer was able to prolapse through that. I asked my vet to check with the expert to find out how long an egg sits in the tract.
My question to you chicken experts - do you think we can induce Jennifer into a molt, purse string her, make her broody (I've got some small plastic eggs) - and keep that suture there for a month, or less if Jennifer shows signs of distress and then remove it? I don't how long these eggs can sit in her without trying to pass and make her sick. (Currently she is not sick/no distress)
The removing the vent (or female part that creates the eggs) is not an option, since this is my vets first experience with this. I would have pursued that option first - but the vet is struggling as it is.
I don't care if she prolapse again - I would get her to the appropriate doctor to remove her female part, this just happened at a bad time, and I had no prior knowledge of who works on chickens in my area. For me, a pet chicken is better than a dead chicken - but at the same time - I'm not going to let her suffer.
I need some expert advice here - and I know you guys have it. I also spoke to the vet about getting antibodics on board, along with some liquid calcium - which she has to ask the chicken vet about - she said she had no idea that we needed to do that. If you already know what type of antibodic Jennifer needs and the dosage - that would be awesome information. I'm glad my vet took this on - but I think we are both realizing that she wasn't equipped to get the worse case scenario as a first patient. I put Jennifer in the dark all day Sunday, but I'm sure when she went to the vet, they didn't know to do this, however Doc put her in the dark as of yesterday. We have not determined why she prolapsed, and probably won't - she is able to poop, and initially strained most of Sunday, but since then that isn't as bad. Vet just stopped her feedings yesterday, keeping her hydrated though - as again the vet just wasn't aware of what needed to be done.
This is day four - I won't know what the vet did till the end of the day (we are US East Coast time). I spent $12 to buy Jennifer, now I will probably spend a couple hundred to save her (or not). I don't want to give up, so I hope a few of you experts and get us in the correct path!