Help for my chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rose8, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. Rose8

    Rose8 New Egg

    Jun 25, 2016
    Good Morning,
    I have a chicken who was fine yesterday and today she is puffing up her feathers and something is coming out of her that is not an egg. It looks like a part of her body. She is walking around and drinking water OK. What can I do to help her. Has anyone ever heard of this.
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Welcome to BYC.
    Can you post some photos?

    From your description it sounds like your girl has a prolapsed vent.

    Bring her in and give a her soak in a warm epsom salts bath. Clean up the vent area and the prolapse (part hanging out).

    Apply some honey or hemorrhoid cream to the prolapse, then gently push it back in. Sometimes once started she will retract it. If it comes back out repeat .

    Keep then vent moist with the honey or cream. Offer her some extra calcium, you can use TUMS or liquid calcium.
    The calcium will help with contractions to keep the prolapse in place (hopefully).

    Keep watch on her, if she is trying to lay an egg or it's close to time to lay her egg, monitor her, she may prolapse again when she lays.
    If so repeat the process.

    Keep her separate for a day or so to make sure the prolapse will stay in. It can come out again, so just repeat your process.

    Make sure she is drinking, if you have any poultry vitamins, add that to her water. Feed her normally.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2016
  3. Rose8

    Rose8 New Egg

    Jun 25, 2016
    Thank you so very much for the reply and the help. I began to give up hope that someone would respond so I did the best I could on my own. Seems it was pretty good for a newbie. I have only had the chickens since mid-June and have never heard of this. I soaked her bottom half in warm water for 25 minutes then wrapped her in a towel and held her on my lap while I checked the area. I used Vaseline on a surgical glove and pushed the insides back in and held it a while and talked to her and stroked her. She is in a bin and I gently used a warm hair dryer on her feathers to keep her from being chilled. She is eating some pellets and some microwaved and crushed eggshells. She wouldn't eat the Tums. I didn't have prep. H but I will get some today. I will use Epsom salts for her next bath.
    I have been giving them Quaker Oats and Honey nut cheerios in addition to their food. Do you think I gave too much? The poop that did drop off when I was bringing her into the house was not very moist and maybe I constipated her and that's why she had to strain so much that her insides came out.
    I appreciate any help you can give me and will follow your directives.
    Thanks again,
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    You did a good job in taking care of her. You followed your instincts and realized that needed to go back in. Just keep an eye on her for a little while, if it comes back out, then just repeat what you did.

    I don't think the oats or cheerios would cause constipation, but they should be given in moderation as a treat. I do give mine oats as a "scratch", I just scatter a bit in the run, my flock loves it, but it's just small amount. Cheerios are most likely ok, but just a small amount as well. Fresh fruit/veggies, weeds, etc., are also good to give. Mine are very partial to Kale (hang it up or place it in a suet basket), so I keep a good supply on hand.

    Make sure they have source of grit - either commercial poultry grit (crushed Granite) or have access to dirt where they can find small pebbles on their own.

    Not drinking enough water can cause some constipation. You can also mix some molasses or epsom salts in her water this will act as a laxative. Remember, a little goes a long way, so I would only give just a little "laxative" then encourage plain drinking water. (Recipes below - just break the amount down into smaller dosages)

    Prolapse can be caused my many things, so offer oyster shell free choice, limit treats - obesity can cause problems and sometimes it just happens.

    You are welcome for the help.

    Keep us posted on her progress.

    The following solutions or mixtures are recommended to flush the digestive system of toxic substances, most notably for treating birds exposed to botulism toxins.
    Molasses Solution
    Add one pint of molasses to 5 gallons of water
    Offer the drinking solution free-choice to the affected birds for about four hours. Treat severely affected birds individually if they cannot drink. Return the birds to regular water after the treatment period.
    As a supportive treatment for symptoms resulting from Cryptosporidia infection, often referred to as coronaviral enteritis, use:
    One quart molasses in 20 gallons of water
    Offer this solution free-choice for a period of up to 7-10 days. It is assumed that the molasses replaces certain minerals lost from diarrhea during the course of the infection.
    Epsom Salt Solution
    1 lb Epsom Salt per 15 lb feed
    1 lb Epsom Salt per 5 gallons water for 1 day
    Give the epson salt feed mixture as the sole feed source for a one day period. This feed can be used only if the birds are eating. If the birds are not eating, use the water solution. If the birds are unable to eat or drink by themselves, use individual treatment with:
    1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt in 1 fl oz water
    Place the solution in the crop of the affected bird. This same amount of solution will treat 5-8 quail or one chicken.
    Castor Oil Therapy
    Dose individual birds with .5 oz castor oil.

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