Inside out...HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by polychickens, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. polychickens

    polychickens Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my hens has poop all over her back end and is acting just like when I had one die from an egg getting stuck. The stuck egg ended in death after I helped remove the egg manually on the one hen.
    Now this poor girl has apparently passed an egg, but it left her... inside out--for lack of a better term. Her intestine, er whatever is partially on the outside of her layin' hole.

    I gloved up and tried to reduce it back into place with my finger, but it keeps falling back out like a prolapse. There is no egg in there. Is there anything that can be done at this point, or should I kill her to prevent suffering?

    Also, if this means she will be unable to lay eggs long term, I have absolutely no interest in saving her...my hens must earn their keep. What saddens me is to lose a hen at prime age after feeding her all this time.

    Any fix for this?
    Thanks!
    Poly
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Flush the area well with sterile saline (boil 1 quart water for five minutes with 1/4 tsp salt and cool) If you have gloves (the throw away kind) that is good because it is important to keep all as clean as possible....
    smear the prolapse with KY jelly (suppose you could use vaseline but the KY gel is first choice) and gently replace.
    After replacing smear the cloaca and a wee bit inside the rim with Preparation H (Theis will help shrink the area and hopefully help to keep all in)
    Place bird in a darkened room , stable temp and quiet... keep it dark .
    That being said there is always the chance of a "backed up" egg and her laying again ...just repeat the above.
     
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Follow dlhunicorn's advise. I had a hen do this a while ago and she has fully recovered. Just keep cleaning and treating and putting her back in if she continues to prolapse. If you don't have the KY or Prepration H on hand you can use honey, witch hazel, or sugar water to help reduce the swelling too. You can also search prolapse. Good luck![​IMG]
     

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