Emergency help needed--Silkie egg bound

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JudyMcKinn, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my Silkie hens--3 or 4 years old--was out in the pen this morning with a red thing about the size of a marble sticking out of her butt. It is 25 degrees this morning. I brought her in, and turned on a 100 watt bulb in one of my empty brooders, filled the sink with warm water, and cleaned up her back side, got a small dish of vegetable oil, and tried, with my finger, to put the thing back. She keeps straining, and by oiling and inserting my finger, I can feel an egg, about 2 inches in. However, there is skin/innards of some sort between my finger and the egg. The opening is the one in the center of the red ball, which I assume is the egg duct, but finally, by careful probing, found another, which had bits of poo in it, so feel that I had the right place.
    What can I do to help her? Is there any more I can do to get the egg moving? She is currently warming in the brooder, as I thought maybe heat would relax her. (She can move away from the heat, tho, if she wants to.) Any help appreciated. Sure hope someone is on here on New Years Day. Thanks.
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    You might have to break the shell to get it out of her.
     
  3. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, just checked on her again, and she has managed to expell the egg--I don't know how, as I couldn't find a way to get at it--always skin between my finger and the egg. But Thank Goodness. Now, how to keep the red ball of innards in. I put them back, but they were out again in a couple minutes. This reminds me that I have found a little Silkie with this sticking out before,and put it back. This is apparently her. Don't know what to do for her on this--apparently it is chronic. Any ideas?
     
  4. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    It's a prolapsed vent & a big problem. Do a search on it here-many people have experienced it.
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Judy, Now that she has expelled the egg, keep her in a dark place to help stop her wanting to lay for a few days and Preparation H applied helps to shrink the membranes inside her.
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    If you don't have Prep H, sugar or honey works too.
    It would be worse if the egg didn't come out.
     
  7. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got back from a 15 mile round trip to town. First time I have ever been sorry that neither DH or I have hemmorhoids. [​IMG]
    She is now Prep. H'd and in a dark brooder. Still straining and keeping the insides out, no matter how often I put them in. Ididn't see the sugar or honey post till I got home, but will try that in a little while, if the Prep. H doesn't seem to be helping. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. Will just hope for the best now.
     

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