Chicken Prolapse

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by McChicken lover, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. McChicken lover

    McChicken lover New Egg

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    I just wanted to post a massive thank you to everyone for their advice. I had a hen with rectal prolapse, following a bout of diarrhoea just before New Year. The hen (called Star), has been well & her usual self throughout this whole incident & am so glad that she is well again, and we have not had to cull.

    I followed various advice that has been posted & this is what worked for us;

    Bathed the hen, trimmed all her rear feathers, as these were full of poop & kept her in a warm dark quiet box overnight, making sure she was nice & dry as it's winter here, before popping her back in a pen on her own. Put pile cream on her backside & gently pushed the prolapse back in.
    Repeated this process every 2-3 days for about 2 weeks. Swapped to honey which seemed to work better - I don't think that this made the swelling go down, but I think it acts like a barrier, and stops any infection. Gradually she has gone on to weekly baths - just to keep her clean. We will still be keeping an eye on her - but this fab advice was what helped us get through it - and I'm very grateful to everyone for their help!
     
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  2. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    Glad it all worked out, and thanks for the compilation of advice.
     
  3. fluffybuttsrule

    fluffybuttsrule New Egg

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    i am so glad to read this. i have a hen that this just happened to yesterday. the prolapse was huge. i gathered her up and she is now in a pet crate in our bathroom, i cleaned her up last night and today she looks so much better. i let her have some light to eat and drink and then cover her up again. using warm water, witch hazel, and then coated with honey. i am a new chicken owner (about 2 years?) and never had this happen. she is so sweet. i hope she makes it.
     
  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    I suggest treating with antibiotics. I had one who started recovering, but she had an internal infection, I didn't start the antifiotics in time and she and didn't make it. Duromycin is available at feed stores and some pet stores. Search here for dosages and info on administration.
     

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