Are her intestines coming out!? *graphic img*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Moonkit, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Moonkit

    Moonkit Songster

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    One of my silver laced wyandottes has developed a horrible problem at her vent.. It looks like a bloody sausage stuck coming out. I ran her under warm water to try to see what exactly was going on.. but when I tugged on it, more came out but seemed to be covered in a white mucus. I was afraid that I was pulling her intestine out so I stopped. She acts lethargic, but was awake and foraging with the other chicks. I've now separated her. Has anyone seen this before? What should I do? Is she going to be my second cull? What a horrible way to be introduced to keeping chickens..

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    Here is her laying rather docilely...

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    Her beak is crusted with blood, I assume from picking at herself. Please help!
     
  2. Squishypuff

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    Looks like prolapse... There is a TON of info on it if you search the forum. All is not lost- she's got a chance.
     
  3. Moonkit

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    She's barely a over a month old and not laying yet.. how can she have prolapsed?
     
  4. Squishypuff

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    I remember seeing several cases of week old chicks prolapsing, it seems to happen a lot to BYC'ers. Try to clean any gunk off of it, then push it back in very gently with a very clean finger.
     
  5. Moonkit

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    I don't think you guys are understanding.. there's a good half inch of flesh out. Are you sure its a prolapse? How can I push back in that much? I tried, but it just squishes around.
     
  6. 4-H chicken mom

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    If it doesn't go back in, I'm sorry to say but I would cull here. Have you tried some sort of lubricant? Good Luck. [​IMG]
     
  7. Squishypuff

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    Hopefully someone with more experience can weigh in. To me, it looks like a prolapse. Take a look at the pics other people have posted of their prolapsed birds- they look really similar. I don't know what might be prolapsing, but I have heard that both the oviduct and intestines can do this. I wish I could help you more.
     

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