I have an 11 month old pullet who just started laying in the last couple of weeks. Last week, I thought she was egg bound because she was 'walking like a penguin' and straining. I gave her a bath and inserted K-Y lube inside her vent. The next day I repeated the procedure and inserted my finger and found nothing.
She laid a normal egg and seemed to be getting better.
Three days ago her vent prolapsed and I noticed she had passed a soft shelled egg that morning. I gave her a bath, put Preparation H on her vent and tried to re-insert the tissue. It went in easily enough but popped out.
I have repeated that 3 more times - the bath, Prep-H, honey, witch hazel but it still pops right back out. The vent is very floppy and doesn't seem to have muscle tone so its not going to hold anything in.
I had read stories where the prolapse stays in after the first try, and others where it takes 2+ wks! I am prepared to keep trying so long as I am not postponing the inevitable. Will the tissue gradually shrink? Will the vent tighten up?
Tonight she was making some odd sounds - not a cluck, just exhaling air - which I've never heard before. I don't know if that was an expression of pain or discomfort.
I'm wondering if she has some anatomical issues and that might be why she's started laying so late. Her first eggs weren't particularly large. My hens get lots of oyster shell and calcium.
She's in a darkened dog crate, is eating, drinking and pooping. Any advice? Something I could do differently?
I've seen people make diapers that hold the vent in place but I can't imagine them staying in place or being tight enough to actually be helpful.
Edited by skullgrrrl - 3/1/16 at 7:08pm