Chick with protruding vent?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SoManyHats, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the only way I can think to describe it. She's 1 week old, and I'd been keeping an eye on her for mild pasty butt. But overnight it got really stuck and crusty, and when I washed her this morning, I noticed her vent seems to be sticking out. It's raw on the end, which I guess is to be expected from the irritation. What about it sticking out?

    What do I do now for her?
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2013
  2. EggresiveAli

    EggresiveAli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give her a warm bath and apply Vaseline to the effected area and gently push it back in
     
  3. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yikes! :eek:
    Won't I hurt her? I don't know if I have Vaseline. Any substitutes for that?
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Take a little honey and push it back in gently. If you don't it may stay out, and this will be pecked and pecked, and the chick may die. The tissue can also die if not pushed back in. It may come out again, so keep an eye on it. Honey will help reduce the swelling as well as act as a lubricant.
     
  5. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did find some Vaseline, so I used that. It wasn't going back in at first, but as I pushed she pooped, so I guess she had been trying. After that it went back in mostly. I'm worried because I had to leave her all day with 15 other chicks. Honey is a good idea- I even have raw- I'll try that next time. Now the long anxious 10 hours before I can get home to check on her. :(
     
  6. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    How is your baby now? Please update us when you can. Hope she's doing well!
     
  7. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still haven't been home to check on her. All day I've been thinking I should have brought her with me. :(
     
  8. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she was crusted over and protruding again when I got home, and the other chicks were pecking at her. Right now I have her isolated and I'm checking on her frequently. So my big question is whether this will heal and, if so, will it make her more susceptible to vent prolapse when she starts laying?
     
  9. Eggcessive

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  10. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I decided I need to cull her. It isn't getting any better, and is out again within seconds after I push it back. This is going to be super hard - she's the first chick I ever hatched. :hit
     

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