OK, I think my first post went through and is just being held for the moderator to approve it, so hopefully this one will come after that one, in context...
Here is what my vet said...
- we are doing the right things
- keep bathing her in warm epsom salt water 2-3 times per day
- dry her as possible after. I asked about hairdryer which I saw on a thread -- I was worried about drying out her vent. Doc said not necessary, but OK to use hairdryer on low on the feathers surrounding, not directly on the vent (and if we do that we'll do it after putting ointment on her vent)
- honey is a good anti-inflammatory and is fine to put on between baths although can be messy
- agreed with avoiding preparation-H
- cautioned re: antibiotic ointment because it is so strong and she's such a small creature -- suggested getting A&D ointment and mixing a little of the antibiotic ointment into that which will dilute the dose appropriately. The A&D will help keep her prolapsed vent from drying out
- doc said as long as she is eating well and seeming otherwise healthy we can just keep up this routine
- if vent doesn't stay re-inverted after a few days, OR if she takes a turn for the worse (stops eating, gets listless, etc) we could bring her in
- vet treatment would be a suture on her vent and oral antibiotics
- she can't be laying with a suture... so in the mean time we are keeping her in a darker area to discourage egg production in case she ends up needing the suture. If she needs to lay you cut the suture and let her lay -- if she doesn't re-prolapse you're good to go, but if she pops out again you continue treating, including getting another suture if necessary
The vet also talked about whether the skin looked healthy or dead. She said once the tissue is drying out and dying, the prognosis is not good and the bird may well die. I asked how we could tell whether the black scabby area was poop or dead skin and she said it can be hard to tell, but if it doesn't come off after a few days of 2-3x/day bathing & ointments etc. then it is more likely dead tissue. I will send her the picture, but it sounded like she might not be able to tell from that either.
My partner who (bless his heart) has been dealing more with the scrubbing part, said he thinks some if it has come off. So it will be a wait and see. Crossing our fingers -- of the 3 new girls we got last fall, Little Red is the friendliest, sweetest little thing.
Good luck with your bird. Hope it's going well.