Bielefelder hen with vent prolapse

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Coop de Grass, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Songster

    Hi all,

    I have a pair of year old Bielefelder hen who lay eggs regularly. We've had a pretty good heat wave for a couple of weeks and only 1 hen has been laying for the last week.

    This morning I went down to the coop and 1 Biele hen was standing with her abdomen on the ground. I picked her up and saw the prolapsed vent.

    I've cleaned her up and given her an epsom salt soak, used Preparation H, and have her in a dog carrier in the house. Also gave her water with electrolytes and vitamins, and have cut back on her food.

    She does not appear to be egg bound. I did not feel anything at all when I examined her internally, and her abdomen is soft. She had a slight drip of blood tinged fluid that stopped after I used the Preparation H. The vent prolapsed again after two hours, so I cleaned her up, trimmed her feathers, and reapplied the Prep H. Everything has stayed put right now and I will check her in the morning.

    I have a camera in the coop and could see her until an hour before I went down to the coop. She looked normal all night, and looked normal when she got off her roost. After I picked her up, I checked the nest boxes which were all empty, with no sign of blood or fluid, or egg.

    This evening I found a Bielefelder egg in a nest box, so the isolated hen is the one who has not been laying.

    Could the vent prolapse without the presence of an egg?

    Could it be the heat and dehydration that has caused the issue? I have been doing my best to keep all the hens hydrated, with a mister, wetting down the run and the grass as well as the area under the trees where they like to hang out. This hen has continued to pant throughout, but has been eating and drinking.

    Is it ok to feed her hard boiled eggs in the morning? How should I feed her over the next few days?

    I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Prolapsed vent can happen from too large of an egg, a calcium deficiency, and from dehydration. Some hens may have a genetic tendency, and hens who lay too early may also have this. You may want to reduce the amount of feed or protein in her diet which can also help to stop her from laying temporarily while she heals.
  3. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Songster

    Thank you! I was wondering about it because of some of the things that I have read about protein helping in the healing process. No eggs for Schnitzel! At least for now.

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