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Hen with Prolaspe

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Flawedatdesign, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    Okay after readiong through the forum figured out she is prolasped. WE tucked everything back inside after cleaning her up thid morning. She was fine till about an half hour ago and I see she has popped back out.

    What can we do to help her keep from comming back out? She was pecked pretty bad and was bloody but stopped bleeding and we were able to put everything back in place with ease.
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    found this

    Don't cut it off- she has a prolapse, as you suspected. After washing it, lube your finger (better yet, lube it with a bit of oragel (teething gel for babies) as it has some topical anesthetic in it) and GENTLY push the tissue back in. The hen will likely push it back out again, but persist and GENTLY push it back in again, keeping your finger inside her for a minute or two and GENTLY sliding it back out in order to not stimulate your hen to push the tissue back out. If it won't stay back in, you'll need to continue, over the next several days (up to 2 weeks, sometimes) to push that tissue back in. The key is keeping the tissue moist (covered in an antibiotic ointment) so it doesn't form a large scab, as the scab will impede the process (it stimulates the hen to push the tissue out again).

    Make absolutely sure that the hen is separated from her flockmates and is penned by herself, as they will pick at her and possibly kill her. You don't need to stand there, poking the tissue back into your hen 24 hours a day- just a couple times a day and eventually it will stay back in. Make sure your hen is able to pass droppings, as well.

    Alternatively, take her to the vet and get a purse string or modified purse string (the suture only goes part of the way around the cloaca, not all the way around) suture put in and this will keep the prolapse in until the tissue is healed. The hen may lay and egg again and the purse string suture can cause trouble, but usually the hen stops laying when she is traumatized by a prolapse. If you choose to have her stitched, ask the vet how to take the stitches out in a hurry if your hen appears to be eggbound.

    hope it can help you.
  3. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    Thanks so persistence is the key
  4. hencam

    hencam Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2007
    I saved a hen with a prolapse. You can save the hen if you catch it early enough and it hasn't been pecked or infected. After cleaning her up and putting the prolapse back in, I used honey. Honey is hygroscopic - it absorbs moisture, reduces swelling and prevents infection. It also is sticky and keeps the prolapse tucked in! You can read about this on my blog. www.hencam.com/henblog. Go to archives and search for "prolapse."There's a number of entries.

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