Lethargic Bardrock with prolapsed vent

mnkymn

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My Bardrock is having a hard time, and not sure what else to do.

I noticed a couple of days ago she was acting lethargic and not herself. Upon closer inspection I saw she had poop all over her back side. I also noticed her vent was prolapsed.

I read some of the posts on here, and gave her a bath, and worked the prolapse back in. I did that a few times, and it appears to be staying.

I also checked for an egg...putting my finger in her vent. I had almost the whole finger in and didn't feel anything.

When cleaning her vent, I noticed it was kind of hard. I think it was dried on caked on poop, but am not positive. I have noticed some of the posts talking about the vent drying out.

Also in cleaning her up, we noticed a lot of maggots on her. We cleaned them off, and have put SWAT on her as well. I have not seen any more maggots, and haven't seen any wounds from them. So, I am hoping that part of it is done.

I have put bacitracin on her back side.

She still has a hard time pooping, getting poop on her back side. I keep cleaning it off, as I don't want the maggots again.

She also has not laid an egg for several days now. She goes in the coop and sits in the nesting box like she wants to lay an egg. But nothing.

How do I determine if she is egg bound. Are there other methods beyond sticking my finger up her butt again. Or, maybe some advice on how exactly to do that.

How do I determine if it is caked on poop or dried out and dead flesh on her vent? If it is dead, what do I do? I didn't take pictures, but will if it prolapses again. Would this be causing her to still have problems pooping?

Any help, suggests, thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I've been raising chickens for about 4 years now, and this is the first real major issue have had to deal with. Want to make sure I take care of her right.

Thanks.
 

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Do you have pictures of her vent? If the prolapse is staying in, what are you seeing outside her vent. Flystrike caused by the maggot infestation, makes a prolapsed vent more dangerous and complicated. Good that you used the Swat to treat and kill the maggot larvae. Do you know if she was pecked around her vent when she had the prolapse out? Vent gleet is sometimes associated with a prolapse. It might be good to give her a warm soak to her vent each day. Epsom salts or soapy water would be good to help her heal. Is she eating and drinking? Here is some reading that may be helpful:
https://the-chicken-chick.com/prolapse-vent-causes-treatment-graphic/
 

mnkymn

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Do you have pictures of her vent? If the prolapse is staying in, what are you seeing outside her vent. Flystrike caused by the maggot infestation, makes a prolapsed vent more dangerous and complicated. Good that you used the Swat to treat and kill the maggot larvae. Do you know if she was pecked around her vent when she had the prolapse out? Vent gleet is sometimes associated with a prolapse. It might be good to give her a warm soak to her vent each day. Epsom salts or soapy water would be good to help her heal. Is she eating and drinking? Here is some reading that may be helpful:
https://the-chicken-chick.com/prolapse-vent-causes-treatment-graphic/
Here are a couple pics of her back end. I will see if I can get a few more pics when I get her cleaned up later this morning.

She is eating and drinking. And she is moving around more. Still no egg laid.
 

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trim the feathers around and beneath her vent. Poop won't then stick to them and cause flies to be attracted and you can bathe her back end more easily
 

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She has some necrotic (dead) tissue on her prolapse. That will need to be soaked and scrubbed off daily, keeping her vent cleaned. Apply some plain antibiotic ointment. Hopefully she will recover.
 

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Is it dead flesh or dried up poop? Hard to tell. Soak it in Epsom salts and see but don't pull it.
 

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It can be common to have necrotic tissue if a prolapse has been out for awhile not discovered and air dries it out. When it is dead and crusty, it will need to be softened and debrided gently but firmly in a soak a little each day. It is the same one would do with third degree burn care, to rub off the black tissue to get to the oink live tissue. It may bleed slightly, but then you know the tissue is healthy. There could be dried poop, crust from a damaged vent or the maggots, or vent gleet (cloacistis,) which can be common. This article gives some causes of prolapse in all birds:
https://www.dvm360.com/view/avian-cloacal-prolapses-proceedings
 

mnkymn

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thanks for the information. Slowly working on it. Here are a few pictures.
She seems to be feeling better. Moving eating and drinking. Getting some poop out. Still no egg.
 

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mnkymn

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It can be common to have necrotic tissue if a prolapse has been out for awhile not discovered and air dries it out. When it is dead and crusty, it will need to be softened and debrided gently but firmly in a soak a little each day. It is the same one would do with third degree burn care, to rub off the black tissue to get to the oink live tissue. It may bleed slightly, but then you know the tissue is healthy. There could be dried poop, crust from a damaged vent or the maggots, or vent gleet (cloacistis,) which can be common. This article gives some causes of prolapse in all birds:
https://www.dvm360.com/view/avian-cloacal-prolapses-proceedings
Is it like a scab? Should it scrub off? I’m reluctant to pull too hard or scrub too hard as it seems like it is still pretty solidly connected.
 

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