I have a 2 year old rose comb brown leghorn with a swollen vent or a swollen poop-hole. she won't let me get a good look at it (hence - no picture to show you) I assume it's the egg vent, as she IS pooping - all over herself. her behind feathers are matted w/poop cuz this swollen vent is 1/2 blocking her poop-hole. it's swollen and red and from what I read, she might have an egg stuck up in there. I can't catch her, and even if I did, I don't know what I would do anyway, so.... any advice?
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It could be a prolapsed vent in which some of the pink internal tissue comes outside the vent opening. It can happen on it's own or from being egg bound. Below is a picture of prolapse, and if it is that, you would need to keep the vent clean, and apply honey or Preparation H ointment to reduce swelling. Then push the tissue back inside as soon as possible so that it doesn't dry out and die. Prolapses can keep coming out for days, and they have to be pushed back in and held there for several minutes (rubber gloves and lubricant are your friends treating this.) Let us know if this isn't the problem.
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You're very welcome. You may want to isolate her in a cage in a darkened room for 16 hours a day to eventually stop her from laying until the prolapse heals. Here are a few links to read about prolapsed cloaca or vent:
thanks for all the info. I sure didn't know it all came out of the same hole. just assumed there were 2 exits. anyway.... caught her last night after they roosted for the evening and got the prep.H and the rubber gloves and popped it back in. messy adventure that neither of us cared for much. will check her when I get home tonight and repeat if needed. thanx again.
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Edited by bootschicken - 3/25/16 at 2:10pm