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Egg binding, prolapse, wobby chicken - help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Momm2Girls82, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Momm2Girls82

    Momm2Girls82 New Egg

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    To start... I'm a novice chicken-keeper. I was raised with chickens, but was never responsible for their care. So try to bear with me, this is all a little bit new for me.

    Goldilocks is my "handicapped" chicken. About the time my flock started to feather out, she began wobbling, for lack of a better way to describe it. It's seemed as though her leg and abdominal muscles were weak. I never found any good explanation for it, but she seemed otherwise okay - always a good appetite, active and hung out with the other girls, etc. It hasn't gotten progressively worse, and she's always seemed to manage just fine. She holds her tail down, her wings hang rather limp from her body, and she stumbles/wobbles frequently. From what I've read of Marek's though, it's not that. It seems my other hens would have caught that by now, wouldn't they? They are this year's chicks, about 5 months old now.

    Anyway, Goldi layed her first egg the other day - covered in blood, mucous, and feces. I could tell when I gathered it that she'd had a hard time with it. I had hoped it would be the only time she struggled too much, it being her first egg. But today she became egg bound, and prolapsed. It was a rather horrifying ordeal, but she did manage to get the egg out with the help of warm water baths and olive oil massage on her vent. But her vent... and what looks like likely some other part of an internal organ... are still hanging outside of her body.

    I've currently got her separated from the other chickens in a shaded area with plenty of food, water, and fresh greens. She's walking normally again - well, normally for her - and is pecking at bugs and drinking. But still prolapsed.

    Is there any chance of saving her? And with her 'disability', is this likely to keep happening? As much as I love her and would love to help her live, that's no life for a chicken to live. I'm struggling with whether we should just put her down tonight or not. Can this prolapse be fixed? I read about Preparation H cream but haven't tried it - the advice on that has been mixed. Is it even worth trying at this point?

    I'd love some (gentle) advice from anyone with more experience than I have.

    Julie
     
  2. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh poor thing. My girlfriend had this happen for the very first time the other day. Per instructions she found on this site somewhere....she put on a surgical glove....soaped/cleansed her hen's behind gently.......... and then using preperation H gently pushed the prolapse back inside her hen to give her relief. So far so good a few days later.
    Best of luck to you.


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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I have never had to deal with prolapse, yet. However check out this link on another poultry site. Read the answer to anothers question about their hen and it's prolapse. The answer if full of answers and possible solution to your hens troubles. Good luck with your hen. [​IMG]

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6383
     
  4. Momm2Girls82

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    Thanks to both of you for your suggestions. I'll definitely go get the Preparation H this evening and give it a try. She seems so happy now that the egg is out, pecking away under the peach tree. I had started to come to terms with the idea of my husband coming home tonight and putting her down, but now I'm just not sure it's going to be necessary.

    Can anyone suggest the best way to clean her back side? The feathers around her vent are pretty matted with white poo. Soaking in warm water baths today didn't really clean her up much, and I'm not sure how to get the matted poo off of her. She keeps trying to clean the area, but it's quite a mess. I want to be sure to keep her clean, especially with the risk of infection that a prolapse can cause, and the awful number of flies in and around the coop.
     
  5. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
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    Try the original Dawn dish detergent. It's used by the experts in oil spills etc. for seabirds. I keep it on hand and use it toboth bath my dogs for fleas.... and birds. It might cut through the stuff that is resisting regular soap. [​IMG]





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  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Cut the poopy feathers off. They're just going to keep getting dirty.
    Sorry your girl is not doing well.
     

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