chlorhexidine solution for egg peritonise

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by supercow69, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. supercow69

    supercow69 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2017
    Has anyone ever tried flushing a hens oviduct (probably not exactly correct part of system) with chlorhexidine solution when presenting with egg peritonise? I have a chicken that seems to be egg bound but after examination doesn't have an egg in her. So next thing is egg peritonise which is caused by egg yolk in her oviduct system. If that's the case it seems proper protocol would be flush yolk out of chicken. When dealing with cows that have a retained placenta we have flush their uterus with a chlorhexidine solution to flush bacteria from rotten placenta out of uterus and prevent infection can the same concept be used for egg peritonise chicken?

  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    I'm sorry you are having trouble.

    Personally, I would not attempt to flush the oviduct. I am not an expert, a vet or biologist, but if I understand correctly - Egg Yolk Peritonitis is where an egg, egg yolk/egg matter has either missed when released to the Infundibulum or has traveled back up the oviduct and essentially dropped into the abdominal cavity. A hen's reproductive system is not a "closed" system like you see in cows.

    My thoughts is that you would risk flushing more bacteria, infection and chlorhexidine into the abdominal cavity.

    Hopefully others will give their input.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2017
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  3. supercow69

    supercow69 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2017
    Thank you, only have found one internet site that had pictures to go with explanation of egg per. And it still wasn't very helpful. I found another thread posted about the same time as mine with exact same symptoms so I'm going to follow that case and see if anything works out[​IMG]
  4. micstrachan

    micstrachan Crowing Premium Member

    My chicken's vet lavaged her abdominsl cavity, not oviduct, with sterile saline. Not sure how it was done, but I'm guessing needle and syringe, just like how he drained her abdomen in the first place.

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