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Help! My first prolapsed vent!

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So today we noticed our 1 and 1/2 year old Wyandotte's butt wasn't its usual fluffy self, it was covered in poop drippings and looked very swollen. When I was able to catch her, upon further investigating, i noticed that her vent seemed to have prolapsed! I've haven't had this happen before, and I'm hoping I can save her! I quickly ran her inside and cleaned everything off and soaked her in a warm bath for 30 minutes. I'm not sure what to do with the greenish/gray tissue. I'm in the process of obtaining some KY so I can feel for an egg. Does anyone have any suggestions?! Thank you in advance!!

 

MY CHICKEN FAMILY

1 Silkie, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Cochin, 1 Easter Egger

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post #2 of 8

The gray tissue could be necrotic or dead, and will probably need to be debrided or picked off. Warm soaks in epsom salts or chlorhexidene with some scrubbing of the tissue would clean it off. Keep the vent moist with hemorrhoid  ointment or honey, and try to keep it as clean as possible. Pushing it back inside, and holding it in is the usual treatment. Make sure that she is passing droppings. From the looks of her vent, it looks like there was an egg stuck. I've not seen a picture with the vent opening so "open."

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So I got hold of some KY and Prep-H, and I tried debriding what I could. I got some more off, but there's still so much more. I also did a digital exam to feel for an egg, but didn't feel any. I then smeared a ton of Prep H all over and pushed it back inside and held it for a good 5 minutes. I placed her back in the carrier and checked her vent again, which was still holding. So I gave her some water, and put the carrier in a dark, quiet room. Tomorrow I'll do some more soaking and debriding...Now if her vent is still in place properly, should i bother trying to pull it back out to debride whats left?

MY CHICKEN FAMILY

1 Silkie, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Cochin, 1 Easter Egger

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MY CHICKEN FAMILY

1 Silkie, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Cochin, 1 Easter Egger

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post #4 of 8

I would just see what happens. Did it bleed when you debrided it? That would be a good sign. I'm not sure that you could pull the prolapse back out anyway., but they have a way of popping back out.

post #5 of 8
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Yea it did start to bleed, so thats when i stopped and pushed it back in! Tomorrow will tell if it holds up!

MY CHICKEN FAMILY

1 Silkie, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Cochin, 1 Easter Egger

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1 Silkie, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Cochin, 1 Easter Egger

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post #6 of 8

Good. Looking forward to hearing how she is doing. Just to back up a bit, I want to include a couple of links on prolapsed vents and how to treat them since I couldn't post links earlier, but you already may have seen them:

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/prolapse-vent-causes-treatment-graphic.html

http://www.beautyofbirds.com/Prolapse.htm

post #7 of 8
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So far so good, I brought her into the vet who did some warm water soaks, cold laser treatment, and then applied some silver sulfadiazine cream in and around the vent. She pushed everything back inside, and put a couple stay sutures to keep it from popping back out. We also did some sub-cutaneous fluids, and Metacam for pain and inflammation. Today shes looks great, I was told to keep her in the dark to try to prevent her from laying. Shes still eating and pecking around her little enclosure we built for her in our basement. The SSD cream is supposed to protect the mucosa inside the vent as she sloughs off the remaining dead tissue. Only time will tell...I'll keep updating!

MY CHICKEN FAMILY

1 Silkie, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Cochin, 1 Easter Egger

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MY CHICKEN FAMILY

1 Silkie, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Cochin, 1 Easter Egger

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post #8 of 8

Thank you for the update. It sounds like you're in good hands with your vet. Let us know how she gets along.

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