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Help! Silkie Emergency! (Graphic Pictures)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JFreeman, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. JFreeman

    JFreeman Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Silkie Poof has this blood mass hanging out of her vent. What is it? How can I help her? She's not acting her normal self....

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  2. JFreeman

    JFreeman Chillin' With My Peeps

    UPDATE: Poof has been separated from the others and is only being given water for now. She's been in confinement for three hours, and she has had a bowel movement. Looks normal, no blood, and her vent still looks the same with the same bloody mass hanging out. It doesn't look like a prolapse, at least not like any of the pictures I have found on the Internet of a prolapse... It just looks like a bloody strand hanging out of a normal looking vent.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Could she have been pecked by another hen or rooster? A lot of chickens are attacked in that area. Also if there is a prolapsed vent, the other chickens will attack the red looking tissue that comes out, making it much worse. The prolapse can go back inside, leaving only damaged tissue and blood. Separate her (as you have, with food and water,) and clean up her vent area ONLY if she is stable and alert. You can use weak betadine, hibiclens and water, or plain soap and water to bath her vent in a shallow bath. Dry her, and turn of a heat lamp or turn your heat up to 80 degrees in a bathroom for her so she doesn't shiver. Do you have another chicken who is bullying her? Is she new, or do you have a new chicken? Silkies tend to be pushed around by other breeds. In healing, she would probably eat some scrambled egg, and I would add vitamins and probiotic powder to her feed. Wet feed is attractive if they won't eat well.
     
  4. JFreeman

    JFreeman Chillin' With My Peeps

    I will try to get better pictures of the area after I get some help. It's difficult to get the feathers out of the way to view the vent. I have cleaned it a little with water and realized the blood isn't just blood. It's best explained with pictures... But she is still alert, moving around her pen, and seemingly acting normal, beside looking a little... tired? I'll get her a bath cook her up some eggs.

    She's not new, actually she was my first. I do have new silkies, but they are in a seperate coop.... She does get picked on a bit, but if she had a prolapse, I don't see how the other chickens would have seen it under all of her fluff. She laid an egg about a week ago, and it didn't have blood or anything on it... Maybe it was a prolapse, but today was the first day I saw a bloody mass hanging from her bum.
     
  5. JFreeman

    JFreeman Chillin' With My Peeps

    The weirdest thing... I went out to check her the next morning, and she was still alive. I looked her over, and the bloody mass was gone. Just gone without a trace. Not even a bloody feather left behind. I kept her in confinement for a few more days to keep a close eye on her, and it never reappeared. I have absolutely no answers other than a miracle of prayer. That's my best guess. God handled it when I wasn't strong enough.

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  6. Eggcessive

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    It's good to hear that your prayers were answered. I'm glad that she is better.
     

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