HELP!! FAST I think my chicken prolapsed. Final Update

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LoneCowboy, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Help, I can't find my chicken health book, but I think my chicken prolapsed. Bloody egg, bloody vent, something sticking out, but I don't have any prep. H. Any other ideas. Please help!!
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I've never dealt with a prolapse, but in lieu of Prep H, do you have any witch hazel? Chilled witch hazel will also help shrink tissues somewhat. Not sure what to tell you here-hopefully, someone with experience in this will come along. I'm sure the search function will bring up something, too.
    Here is one:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=20555
     
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Thanks, you're the best. I think I'll go look for a store that's open.
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    OH NO!!!

    Perhaps you can do a search to look for other threads of the same thing.......

    I hope she's ok!
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Make sure the area is nice and clean before you start. You could try vaseline or KY jelly to replace the 'something' hanging out. To reinsert it, put vaseline on your index finger and 2nd finger (NOTE: I used two fingers on a turkey hen...you may only need one for a chicken hen). Fingers facing upward (palm up), gently push the stuff back in by pushing in and upward into the vent. You may have to hold it there gently for a short time for it to stay. If it comes back out, try again until it holds itself in. Prep H is best to reduce the swelling and I would typically use that over vaseline or KY jelly. Let us know how she's doing.

    On a s side note, you may be able to 'fix' it now but hens that have this happen, it will typically happen again and again. This would be considered a cull to most, but if she's a pet just keep an eye on her moving forward and be prepared. Good luck.

    Jody
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Good luck with the hen. If you can get prep H that would be great because it's active ingredient is witch hazel, and it causes vaso constriction so the prolapse shrinks.
     
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Also...in a pinch, you can use Honey. It will help with the swelling as well. Hope she is ok! Good luck with her.
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I was gonna suggest honey also.
    Tucks Pads, or even an astringent zit pad in a pinch may help.
    Good luck with her.
     
  9. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    Maine
    The hen that I had prolapse, I washed carefully with cool clear water. Applied a large amount of honey and repositioned the prolapse. I had to do that a couple of times a day for 2 or 3 days.

    Darkened cage, and reduced feed to help slow down egg laying. She is fine and returned to the flock. The only lasting effect that I have seen with her is that she molted later than all the other hens this year.
     
  10. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Ok, so this is where we are at. I ran to the store and got Preparation H, came home mixed up some saline, cooled it and squirted the area good. I guess stuff isn't hanging out so much as just looking totally swollen. I think she's a new egg layer. Then I added the Prep. H. She's been really good through all this. Nothing would go in and stay in, and since it's more swollen than anything I decided to just put the stuff on and put her in a cat carrier in the laundry room where it's really dark.

    Then I came in and tried to finish dinner. Had to put the fire out in the oven. Ruined the rolls. My DH is all upset because we made this big dinner for my mom and his and his moms friend. They couldn't come because they are snowed in. So it was just us and my mom and a 17 lbs turkey. He got jeans for Christmas, and getting clothes is an unforgivible sin (spoiled brat should at least make me feel like I gave him a great gift even if I didn't). So add the chicken on top of all this and the fire, (couldn't find the extinguisher that was right in front of the bottom of the sink), it's been a pretty bad day.

    I'm not sure how much more holiday I can take today.
     

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