Could this be Contagious? &/OR Rubber Egg, Prolapse, or ??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by [email protected], Oct 31, 2011.

  1. egghead@1265

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    I have posted on here in various sections, as it appears we had a hen and now have ANOTHER HEN with a similar issue!

    These are egg laying leghorn chickens, that up until now have been fairly healthy and worry free. They have been raised from day old chicks and have been eating and doing all chicken activities as all seem to do!

    Currently, Some of the sick chickens(2 one lost the other now sick also) symptoms &/or diagnosis thus far have been:

    Prolapse, Red Butt, Rubber Egg, soft egg, white stuff coming out, red butt, dirty vent, constantly wanting to bear down/push out/force something out, parts look like they are often hanging out... not healthy acting,(pretty quickly onset to this-not moving around as much, little interest in eating, pecking, and little moving around..) bearing down...

    This is what I posted previously/on another Emergency/ injuries on BYC:

    "Wow, after reading all of your messages, though some time ago, i must say, very impressive and brave! I just posted this below, along another question/posting, and now see what you have done. Our hen seems much the same, very red, dirty and not comfortable! But, a Bath! Wow, seems so messy and scary!

    And MORE:

    I am new to this forum, but as I can't quite figure out if or what we can do to assist our hen, am hoping that someone on here can make some recommendations that may be of assistance to us. We have 7 leghorns that have been raised from chicks and one of them seemed to be bearing down while outside, and straining unusually hard. When I went to check on her and looked more closely, I found she had a very swollen butt/bottom, which is very red and extended! Nothing seemed to be coming out, and I wondered if an egg could be stuck in her, if she had some type of constipation, and/or if she has an infection, or something else? I read on here that some people soak their chickens in a warm bath, which seems like a somewhat obvious remedy if this were a human being...but, ? "

    We did give her a bath, applied preparation H, and some sugar, pushed in the prolapse gently and returned her to her coop. The next day she didn't look or act well at all and just began totally shutting down...

    Then:

    "We lost our hen. What a tough way to go. I feel so bad, and hate this part! "
    "Thank you for the notes, it is a terrible way for them to go/if they do, and seeing anyone or animal suffer is just difficult.

    I am hoping some with more experience can be of assistance to us as to what our leghorn Chickens are exhibiting and what we can do about it. At this point I am wondering if it is contagious and am hoping someone on here can identify this with a bit of certainty.But, after reading the successive messages, along with thinking back to how our hen may have ended up with the enlarged/red bum, I believe it could have occurred because she may have been the chicken who left us the MOST GIGANTIC EGG EVER!yippiechickie While we marveled at its size when we first collected it, and left it in the box for much longer than we typically leave any in the cartons(especially when it is so GIGANTIC that the box/lid won't even come close to closing!...keep in mind, the leghorns we have are not giants! Well, I cannot imagine that this didn't cause her the original damage, in retrospect."

    So, now, just less than a week later we have another HEN with the same issue! She laid a rubber egg! I took a picture, I will upload it and see if anyone has any ideas.



    A BIG CONCERN we have NOW on this is does anyone know if this is contagious? CONTAGIOUS?



    "IF this was the case, I don't know that there is a solution to this problem. However, this too, is just a guess. We have, or shall I say had, 8 leghorns laying and don't know who lays which one as they are all leghorns. We do have 2 bantams as well, but it is clear which eggs are theirs! We also have a rooster, a leghorn as well, but he doesn't seem to be the problem at least near as we can tell. The other hens all seem fine for now.

    The lost one did not have an egg stuck, as she did lay an egg the day before we lost her. It had a totally soft shell, which is the first we had seen this for many many months.

    Thank you for the notes, and hoping between all of us can figure something out at some point."

    Please reply and advise if you have some suggestions and/or similar experiences
     
  2. egghead@1265

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  3. Chinchilla2

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    I'm curious. You say you have had them for awhile but don't say how old they are. Is the roo a younger more aggressive roo than you have had in the past? I would also check those sites listed by egghead and see if something comes up. Other than a stuck egg, I cannot think of anything that may be causing this.
     
  4. egghead@1265

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    The hens and the roo are the same age. They came at New Years, so are all less than one year old. The rooster is pretty calm, near as I can tell. The first hen lay an egg that wouldn't hold up at all, just broke with a bunch of stuff/egg parts that the other chickens got to quicker than I could! The second one lay an egg that I could pick up, and it is like a rubber ball! I took a photo of it, and need to download it yet. But it is translucent and rubber like, with dirt stuck to it.

    Out of the vent it is red/bulging, but not so like some of the others have posted photos of on here. But, red/hanging out, and stuff dripping... a mixture of white goo with red, and some black. So awful to describe and see...
     
  5. egghead@1265

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    :/So, I think I have found a site that I am going to investigate closer it is:

    http://www.raising-chickens.org/vent-problems-.html

    Perhaps this will help our hen, and may have answers for some of the others with these or similar issues?!... will read on and see..
     
  6. egghead@1265

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  7. egghead@1265

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    Going to get additional Calcium!

    I think this may have something to do with the fact that ours, anyhow, are not getting enough!

    [​IMG] That is what the wise say!
     

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