We got 15 hens about 3 weeks ago, they are almost 6 months old and getting 6-7 eggs a day.
I went out to check on the hens this afternoon and found one hen with a bloody poopy mess around her vent, and my first thought was vent prolapse as the hens are just starting to lay and we have had two massive sized eggs laid the past two days. But then I saw the smallest hen and her feathers are matted like something was trying to eat her, so now I don't know if the first one was just attacked, or really does have a prolapsed vent and the others pecked her? It just seems like there are large chunks missing around the vent that I don't see in other prolapse pictures I've tried to look at on the internet.
I haven't done anything yet besides separate those two from the rest of the hens. I didn't want to go pushing things back in if that's not really what happened and I make things worse.
They were cooped last night as always, and I don't see any evidence of predator digging, or large amounts of feathers etc.
I did find a moderate amount of blood in one of the nesting boxes yesterday though, and a couple eggs have small amounts of blood, which I was told is normal for hens just starting to lay.
If it is a prolapsed vent, what percentage of those hens make it? I don't want to sound cold at all because we will do what's best for the hen, but is it worth all the work I see in the steps to heal the prolapsed vent?
I've never bathed a chicken if that's what needs done first, and since we didn't have these hens from birth, they aren't used to being handled unfortunately, esp. the one that's injured, she's really skittish.
I am new to all of this, thank you for your help
Edited by amama - 4/4/16 at 1:31pm