Hello,fellow backyard chicken fans. I promise I will do a proper introduction in the newcomer Forum but it would ease my mind greatly if I could get your thoughts on what's happening with my 5 month old Columbian Rock hen. She was acting strangely for a couple of days, settling herself in large containers and half barrels, so I thought she was trying to lay her first egg. When I checked her a couple of days ago I saw that she had a mass of bloody tissue hanging out. I immediately thought she was either egg bound or had a prolapsed vent. After a warm Epsom salt bath I was able to get a much closer look and from what I can tell it appears to actually be a rectal prolapse (there is no sign of an egg anywhere in the oviduct, and she's a gentle and patient girl who stood completely still while I probed and worked on her). There's a great deal of white matter around the protruding tube, and I cleaned away as much of it as I could at the time. Then a thick coat of unpasturized honey and off to a hospital box in a dark room with food and water. The next morning I found her standing over an enormous bowl of almost Solid Waste, larger than a golf ball. That must have hurt. I kept her inside for a couple more days giving her warm epson salt baths, and coating her vent with both honey and an ointment similar to Preparation H. After two days she didn't have any tissue hanging out, her cloaca seemed muscular and strong. She seemed to have recovered completely, was anxious to get back outside, and was eating and drinking happily. She had been passing feces with no problem. So I took her out and let her rejoin the flock. A couple of hours later and she's back in the house. She was pecked in the face by one of her sisters (minor wound, should heal fine) but I noticed the prolapse protruding a bit while she was straining standing in the yard and one of the girls started pecking at it. So I grabbed her and brought her into the house before things got bloody. Am I missing something obvious? I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. She's got a lovely personality, follows me everywhere and loves to tell me all about her day. I'd like to save her if I can.