Hen struggling to poop! Swollen anus!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by David797, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. David797

    David797 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday my hen started to become a little listless and constantly trying to poop. She was constantly straining her back muscles and today it only got worse. I've given the entire flock new water with apple cider vinegar garlic and separated her from the flock. I also gave her a warm bath to sit in for around 5-6 minutes. Any ideas on what it might be and how to treat it?[​IMG]
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Are you certain it is excrement she is attempting to pass vs. being egg bound? With the mass that prominent it would be very easy to palpate to see if it feels hard and egg shaped or softer and more form changing like a fecal ball. Correctly identifying the problem will be key in addressing it.
     
  3. David797

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    She has been excreting small amounts. In any case, what could i do to help her?
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    That is a prolapsed vent, and being egg bound at the same time is common, but not always present. I would stick a gloved finger inside the vent and feel around the vent to make sure that there is not a stuck egg. Lubricate the vent with honey or Preparation H ointment to help reduce swelling, and try to push the prolapse back inside. If there is an egg, then try to massage it out, and give her some calcium orally--Tums, calcium tablet, oyster shell, crushed egg shells will all work. If you get the prolapse pushed back inside, then hold it there for several minutes. It may come back out, but just keep pushing it back inside. Make sure that she keeps passing droppings, and keep the vent as clean as possible, and keep it lubricated.
     
  5. David797

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    Unfortunately she passed away; I buried her. Thanks for the advice anyway guys, I appreciate it.
     
  6. Twistedfeather

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    I'm sorry to hear that.
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    I'm sorry that you lost her.
     

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