Hen With Poopy Vent Feathers & Possibly Prolapse - Graphic Picture

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nifty-Chicken, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    There are a TON of threads with information on prolapse, but before I go down that path I want to get some verification that this is what I see here.

    She is a year old EE and her behavior is normal. I only noticed this because when I tossed out some scratch yesterday I saw another hen (didn't catch which one) peck at her backside and then I noticed it looked very dirty and upon a closer look it was red. Tonight while she was roosting we took a pic.

    This is a graphic pic, so click on the thumb only if you really care to see it:

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    We'll definitely be cleaning her off as best we can. I'm reluctant to trim any feathers for fear it will expose more of her vent for pecking.

    So, do you think this is prolapse?
    Do you agree that trimming the feather may cause more harm than help?

    If this is indeed prolapse I'll follow some of the suggestions in these threads:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=1907861
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=26390
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=793
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=156032
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Dude, looks like prolapse to me.

    Good luck.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    UGH Nifty! i hope someone chimes in to help ya soon! it does look prolapsed to me also...i dread the day this ever happens to me! *i mean to my chickens* [​IMG] good luck!
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely a prolapse, and likely one caused by coccidiosis. Start treating asap.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:cocci causes prolapse? thanks for that info..i didnt know that.
     
  6. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:cocci causes prolapse? thanks for that info..i didnt know that.

    Indeed. Usually what happens is the reproductive tract gets all wonky from cocci and as a result prolapse occurs. The last bird I lost from cocci died not because of the cocci, but because she prolapsed her entire large intestines. It seems that cocci related prolapses are harder to fix.
     
  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Okay, we cleaned her off using a bath of warm water.

    Then we trimmed the closest most dirty feathers.

    Here is a pic to this point:

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    Then my wonderful wife lubed up with bag balm and pushed the goods back inside. We then doused with witch hazel (the active ingredient in Preparation H) and then took this pic:

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    While the pic looks great, right afterwards she struggled and pop, out it came again. My wife pushed it in and then we moved her to a hutch for isolation... at which point it popped out again. [​IMG]

    By this time we were beat, so we'll leave her be tonight and check on her tomorrow.

    Emily is doing more research right as I type. Her biggest question is how "deep" and which direction to try and push things back in.
     
  8. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Wow! I hope I never have to deal with it personally, but your detail (including photos) is great for future reference should one of my hens prolapse! I hope she is well in the morning and that the swelling goes down, so that it won't continue to pop out. Please keep us updated!
     
  9. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i recently had a hen prolapse on her first egg. My vet told me to soak her bum in warm water with epsom salt and sugar. i took her in and she treated her there with something to tighten her up, i forget the name, but the thing they give pregnant women after delivering. She sent me home with sugar water (dextrose) to dose her bottom with several times a day. She's fine now. It's an inexpensive treatment and hopefully will help.

    These things are very scary the first time you see them. Keep us posted.
     
  10. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Pitocin is what is often given after delivery to humans, to contract the uterus to expel the placenta and other stuff. Also used to induce labor.
     

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