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Chick has a protruding vent and pasty butt? Help! *PICS*

post #1 of 22
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Hi everyone! I got three chicks in the mail on wednesday, all a few weeks old. The youngest looking one has what I can only describe as a protruding vent? He's eating and drinking fine, and is very active, but his poo is runny and REALLY light colored and well, his bum looks like this

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I don't know what to do. We tried treating it as a prolapsed vent already, we put some Prep H on it and pushed it in, but it just popped back out. When he "goes" it gets stuck in the feathers by his butt and I've had to clean him 2-3 times a day to keep him from getting pasty butt. We did trim the feathers off his bum tonight, and as gross as it is, at least I have to clean him off less. Does anyone have any clue what's wrong with the little guy? Or what I can do to help him? hmm He is eating well, but he's a lot smaller than the other two chicks I got with him. I can't cull him, I simply can't unless he is in complete pain and going to die anyway. He's running around, and acting fine, just has this gross looking vent. Thank you so much for the help!


Edited by sixlittlechicks09 - 8/9/10 at 4:30am

Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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post #2 of 22
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Anyone?


Edited by sixlittlechicks09 - 8/9/10 at 4:32am

Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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post #3 of 22
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Still no one? sad

Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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post #4 of 22

sad  Poor little guy.  I have NO experience in this area.  Since he's pooping, eating, and drinking "normally" I wouldn't worry a whole lot.  Now, what I WOULD worry about would be other curious little chicks pecking at the area, so be VERY watchful of that, as you may have to section him/her off his own little area of the brooder if that happens.  Honestly, I would probably try a little tiny bit of Prep. H on the area to see if it would reduce the swelling/protrusion.  But that's certainly not the voice of experience talking. 
I hope that someone with actual experience in this area will respond soon...

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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post #5 of 22

I had a cornish rock like that looked like yours this past spring.  I was a bit concerned considering how much they use this part of their body(!), but after a bit of growing, it blended in with all the rest of the chickens and I couldn't tell there was anything wrong with it!  I never did figure out what was wrong with it, but it did just fine.

post #6 of 22
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I tried some more Prep H, and it's not swollen or red now, but it seems to be "popping out" even more! And now it's  sickbycsickbycsickbyc pulsing, especially when he peeps. I just hate looking at it sickbyc I wish he'd grow out of it fast if he's going to.

Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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post #7 of 22
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Sorry to keep updating, but it's popped out even more now sickbyc I've tried three times to push it back in with prep H and it's just not working. Although, now it's popped out "evenly" so he's no longer pooing on himself. Should I just leave it out? He seems to be okay with it and the other two chicks aren't bothering with it, but oh my gosh I just can't even look at him. It's literally sticking out 1/2" or so. And it moves. sickbycsickbyc Any ideas what it might be/how to fix it?

Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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Sad when my coop looks better than my house! The proud mamma of 23 fluffy dears, RIR, BO, OEGB, Cochins, Frizzles, Orpingtons and three new unknown babies! And to think it all started with six little chicks...

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post #8 of 22

I would just let it be for a bit.  Perhaps all the pushing in and popping out is irritating the little pooper.  I hope as the chick develops, things will heal and become normal.  As long as the chick is eating and drinking and the others are leaving it alone, give it a chance to heal.  Plus maybe those feathers will come in soon and cover things up a bit!smile

post #9 of 22

Someone was recommending Preparation H for prolapse in a hen and that it may take a few days of applications.  I don't see why you couldn't use it on this little guy.

post #10 of 22

Your description of "and it moves" was cracking me up.  Seriously, I would leave it be, since it appears to only be bother you, not the chick...lol.  Just focus on the chick's cute little face, not the other end.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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