Rectal Prolapse in young chick. ***warning.......vivd photos
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Was she old enough to lay an egg? A prolapse with the red tissue exposed can attract pecking by other chickens that can cause damage to the vent and cloaca. Also, vent pecking can become a habit in a flock that does not get outside much, has less than 16% protein in their feed, too little room, or bullies. Use honey or Preparation H inside and outside the vent to help reduce swelling. If she has been laying, place her in a covered cage 16 hours every night to stop laying. Keep her away from others until the prolapse has healed. Keep her vent as clean as possible and moist with honey or Preparation H.If the tissue dries out it can die. Many hens do not survive this problem. Here is some reading:
- Poop Inspector
It can be normal for the prolapse to come back out, but it is a good sign that you can push it back in. Try holding her in your lap holding the prolapse in for about 10 minutes--you all could watch some TV, LOL. Watch to make sure more insides don't come out. Prolapse can recur again later on, but she still could do well. In times past, many people would just cull these chickens, but people with just a few chickens usually like to try fixing it.