Impacted cloaca

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by zeppley, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. zeppley

    zeppley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boy was Kathy ever right to make sure your sick bird is well hydrated!

    I had been tube feeding my hen fluids and dilute food during her convalescence from enteritis, but not enough fluids.

    She hadn't been pooping much and when I investigated I thought she had a stuck egg. Nope, concretions.

    I am soaking her in warm water with creme rinse (to make it slippery), giving her more fluids orally, irrigating the impaction and picking away at it. I think I'll give her some aspirin (5 tablets dissolved in 1 gal H20 - I think that's right) to take the edge off. She is not very happy about her constipation and having to play anhinga (a bird that swims half-way submerged).

    Anyone have any other ideas. Do they have lithotripsy for chickens?

    Wish us luck.
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is she doing now.
     
  3. zeppley

    zeppley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi chicklover,

    Thank you for asking. She's in chicken heaven - no more sorrow, no more pain.

    We spent 4 hours chipping & straining & soaking.

    I wasn't able to fix her and she was suffering. I'm kicking myself for not understanding what was going on until it was too late.

    I did a cloacal exam on all the rest and they are clear.

    I hate it that the birds suffer while I am learning, but at least I'm learning.

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    Here she is (R) with her sister.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  4. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for your loss. I didn't know that could happen.
     
  5. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That suck that you lost her but she was a pretty chicken, (ameraucana?)
     
  6. zeppley

    zeppley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, a Blue Ameraucana, hatched last summer.
     
  7. zeppley

    zeppley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These obstructions are called cloacaliths, fecaliths, uroliths, or coproliths. They can occur as a result of many different conditions - fungal infections causing granulomas, kidney conditions, etc. Caught early you can dissolve and remove them, caught late, surgery is the only option for removal.
     
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