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How do I get my hen, who is suffering from a distended anus, to STOP laying eggs?

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Hello, fellow chicken lovers! I have four 1 year old red hens. While my family was out of town for three days, she passed an egg through that pulled her all the way outside in her anal area. As soon as we got home that night, at about 3:00 am, actually, I ran out and got some Preparation H, after reading online how to bring down swelling and repair the problem. I treated her and kept her inside the house for 5 days. She didn't lay one egg while she was in the house. Her bottom began to heal quite well. The problem is that we also run a business from our home, and there are people in and out of here all day long. Even though I changed her bedding every day, the smell was just too much. So I went outside in the freezing cold and tarred off half of the coop, only allowing in a trickle of sunlight to filter through the slats. I put her out there in her own "safe zone". The next day, she immediately began laying eggs again. She hasn't stopped since. I even pulled her heat lamp. I don't know what else to do. All of my girls lay right through the cold Ohio winters, an egg apiece every day, but I thought that it was supposed to be sunlight related. By tapping off the light and removing her heat lamp, I thought she would stop. It has been two weeks now, and my heart breaks for her. Her bottom came right back out and I don't know what to do. We don't have any chicken doctors around here. She doesn't act as though she is in distress, but she must be hurting!!! You would think that just the stress would cause her to stop laying!!!!!!!!
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Any avian vet should be able to administer an injection to stop ovulation.

 

You can limit feed and light to about 6-8 hours a day and that will stop ovulation eventually but only temporarily.

 

Unless a beloved pet, it may be best to put her down.

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Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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The sunlight issue is why I tarped off her coop area. She isn't getting any direct sunlight. It is dim in there during the middle of the day. I was not aware that restricting her food would help as well. I will have to try that. I will make sure she has plenty of water, but I will limit her food amount. Thank you!

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Feed her low protein like scratch & keep her darker, as you are doing.  Don't feed her any chicken feed, as the protein is too high.  When I had the problem years ago I fed the hen scratch & clover (was fall) & she stopped laying quickly. 

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Not an answer to your question, because I don't think you can really get her to stop laying, but i wanted to share my experience to give you some hope. I had a hen with prolapse also. My favorite chicken out of the 68 I have (go figure). When I discovered it I gave her a bath to clean her up, but it just got matted and messy again after a few days. I figured it was best not to mess with it too much so I just left it alone. I felt terrible for her, it looked awful, but she acted like her happy friendly self in spite of the prolapse. Anyway, it did finally heal on its own. It took an entire year but she is perfectly healed now and you would never know she had it to look at her now.
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If you have a farm vet or other vet in the area, some will put in a stitch to hold the prolapse tissue inside. To stop laying, they should be in complete darkness for 16 hours overnight. Some use a dark room while others use a cage that is covered. A hormone implant can stop laying for several months, but can be expensive. A lot of that depends on how willing your vet is to treat chickens--only a few phone calls may help. A farm vet may be more willing to help.

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