We have two hens who have been laying since August or so. With the freezing cold weather they have been keeping themselves "cooped up" so to speak. They have food and water in both the enclosed (and warmed) coop and in the run below. Because of the close quarters, one hen, Patsy, has been pecked a fair bit. We've been BluKoting quite often and providing black oil sunflowers, toys, etc. It actually seemed to be improving.
Today my husband went out to get them fresh water and came back in a rush. Patsy has prolapsed, and it looked like there was "scrambled egg" stuck to her butt as well. As if she had tried to lay an egg without a shell, and it froze to her butt. They have food, water, grit, and oyster shell. Eddy (the bully) doesn't seem to be affected.
We've set up an old dog crate on the kitchen table and have Patsy in there now. I just spent some time holding a warm, damp rag to her bottom to try to get it cleaned up. So now I've read that we can massage in Preperation H or witch hazel and try to push it back in. And we should try to keep her in the dark to prevent laying.
Is there anything else we can do at home for her? Is it going to keep happening from now on? Is Eddy going to be okay in the coop alone until we (hopefully) get Patsy healed? Will Eddy be okay if Patsy doesn't make it?
Edited by pansophia - 1/22/08 at 4:47pm