One of my new ones has a prolapsed vent too 😕 I've been using coconut oil since it was really all I have, hadn't thought about preparation H I'll have to try it. I only have the cooling kind, would that be ok to use? Hers stays in for a few minutes but that's it...
As long as there is no other sign of illness or infection, and the chick is able to poo fine, a protruding vent is not a problem for a chick. They will recede as the chick grows naturally, with or without treatment.
However if there is any sign of diarrhea, especially bloody (concur that would be Coccidiosis and would need to be treated immediately), or if the vent and abdomen have any redness or swelling, then you've got a case of omphalitis (infected navel). That happens when the navel doesn't fully close at hatch allowing bacteria to enter and thrive in the moist, egg yolk rich, environment of the abdomen. It is the number 1 killer of hatchery chicks and why the hatchery tries to keep sterile conditions.
If you see redness, puffiness, and swelling around the protruding vent, then a good dose of Vetrimycin or Chlorexhiderm on the vent area with antibiotics in the water is in order.
Latent bacterial infection can cause failure to thrive and chick loss over the next two weeks after delivery.
But again, if there are no signs of illness or infection, the chick has an "outie" which will become an "innie" vent in due time.
Edited by Lady of McCamley - 5/6/16 at 9:12pm