Help. Maybe a prolapsed vent


In the Brooder
5 Years
May 1, 2014
So this morning I came out to check on the girls and one who just started laying--well she's laid once. Had what looked like a prolapsed vent and was pooping all over the place. There was something hanging out of her vent. I ran in to google what was going on and when I came back out everything was back in order and in place. What is going on? It doesn't look swollen but she hasn't laid and I'm freaked out because I want to make sure I give her the appropriate care.


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
It sounds as though her vent was prolapsed, and went back in on it's own. You can put on a rubber glove and feel upward inside the vent an inch or so, to check for a stuck egg. Some chickens will prolapse with a large egg. If she prolapses again, and it gets stuck, then apply some honey or Preparation H Ointment to reduce swelling and push it back inside if possible. Give her a dose of calcium (calcium tablet, a Tums, or some oyster shell) and make sure that she has an available source for oyster shell daily near her feed. Here are a couple of links to read:

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