EGG HANGING OUTSIDE VENT!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TarMac, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. TarMac

    TarMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PLEASE HELP!!!! My buff orpington pullet has tried to lay and egg, I'm not certain if this is her first or not. She left the box and continued to squat and push and when I look there was an egg hanging outside her vent attached by a moderately thick membrane. I am completely panicked and don't know what to do for her. I don't think she is egg bound because the egg is no longer inside her body it it hanging completely out of her vent. I tried soaking her in warm water and noticed no difference. Please respond!!!!!
     
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  2. shabychkpoultry

    shabychkpoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    I saw your other post on the Orpington thread. I am no expert, so what is keeping it attached?!? This might be normal, and we don't see it because the hen stays on the nest, I have picked up eggs that had some kind of wet coating on them right after they were laid. I hope someone with more knowledge responds!
     
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  3. TarMac

    TarMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it is not thin, it is red with blood vessels. I'm going outside to see if I can get a pic. I have seperated her from the others because the other were beginning to look at it like the wanted to start pecking.
     
  4. TarMac

    TarMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was the best I could get, you can clearly see the egg and the egg is hard. She keeps baring down trying to push it out

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  5. Jakoda

    Jakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am by no means an expert, but that looks like some kind of prolapse to me..I would suggest you need an expert like an avian vet, and I would think this is an emergency:(
     
  6. shabychkpoultry

    shabychkpoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh! I was hoping it was just part of the egg that somehow got on the outside. Yikes!
     
  7. shabychkpoultry

    shabychkpoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    In cows they massage it back in, but you have to know what you are doing. Do you have an avian vet in your area? Or even an older chicken person? Did you PM the person that told you to use cream and massage it through, but then what? Maybe you can ask on the Heritage thread, lots of experienced people there???? I am sorry I can't be more help!
     
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  9. BeccaSmith

    BeccaSmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, this is an emergency, she may not be able to make it long like this.
     
  10. shabychkpoultry

    shabychkpoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    QUESTION:

    I have a little black bantam hen in a big cage in the house. She lays one egg a day and is very active. So today I reached in to get the egg she just laid within the past hour and noticed her rear end appeared to be stopped up with "poop". The rear appeared to be "inside out" and dark red. More whitish poop was on her feathers around her rear. I got some rubber gloves and cleared the stuff out gently. Wiped off what I could. She did not appear to mind my intervention or be in pain. Is this normal to happen occasionally? Is it a "food" or "water" problem perhaps? All ideas appreciated!
    ANSWER:
    It does happen occasionally. It's called "prolapsed vent", "prolapse" or "blowout". It happens when a hen lays an egg a bit bigger than normal and her vent (cloaca) turns partially inside out. Separate her from the others. They will be tempted to peck at the prolapse and kill her. Clean it as best you can with water and a clean paper towel. Then gently push back in anything that has come out and apply a bit of Preparation H to the inflamed area. It's kinda like a hemorrhoid.

    You might also give her soluble antibiotics in her drinking water for about 4-5 days to guard against infection.

    The following is from "The Chicken Health Handbook" by Gail Damerow ISBN: 0-88266-611-8.


    "Prolapsed Oviduct, also called "blowout" or "pickout" is a condition in which the lower part of the hen's oviduct turns inside out and protrudes through the vent. Prolapse occurs most often when a hen starts laying at too young an age, is too fat, or lays unusually large eggs. Caught in time, the prolapse can sometimes be reversed by applying a hemorrhoidal cream (such as Preparation H) and isolating the hen until she approves. Otherwise, the other chickens will pick at her vent, eventually pulling out her oviduct and intestines and causing the hen to die from hemorrhage and shock. Not all vent picking is due to prolapse, but instead may result from faulty management - feeders, waterers and roosts may be positioned in such a way that birds below can pick on the vents of birds above."


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