Major Prolapsed Vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by skullgrrrl, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. skullgrrrl

    skullgrrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2012

    I have an 11 month old pullet who just started laying in the last couple of weeks. Last week, I thought she was egg bound because she was 'walking like a penguin' and straining. I gave her a bath and inserted K-Y lube inside her vent. The next day I repeated the procedure and inserted my finger and found nothing.

    She laid a normal egg and seemed to be getting better.

    Three days ago her vent prolapsed and I noticed she had passed a soft shelled egg that morning. I gave her a bath, put Preparation H on her vent and tried to re-insert the tissue. It went in easily enough but popped out.

    I have repeated that 3 more times - the bath, Prep-H, honey, witch hazel but it still pops right back out. The vent is very floppy and doesn't seem to have muscle tone so its not going to hold anything in.

    I had read stories where the prolapse stays in after the first try, and others where it takes 2+ wks! I am prepared to keep trying so long as I am not postponing the inevitable. Will the tissue gradually shrink? Will the vent tighten up?

    Tonight she was making some odd sounds - not a cluck, just exhaling air - which I've never heard before. I don't know if that was an expression of pain or discomfort.

    I'm wondering if she has some anatomical issues and that might be why she's started laying so late. Her first eggs weren't particularly large. My hens get lots of oyster shell and calcium.

    She's in a darkened dog crate, is eating, drinking and pooping. Any advice? Something I could do differently?

    I've seen people make diapers that hold the vent in place but I can't imagine them staying in place or being tight enough to actually be helpful.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You seem to be doing all of the right things for a vent prolapse. When you push it back in next time, hold it there for 10 minutes or so, while you just hold her, and do something else such as watch TV. Some hens may recover from prolapse while others don't. Her vent looks healthy without any necrotic tissue, so yoj are doing a good job. Rarely, some vets can insert a suture temporarily to hold the prolapsed tissue in until healing occurs, but you would have to check in your area. A farm vet might be more likely, or an avian vet to do that.
  3. skullgrrrl

    skullgrrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2012
    I'll try for the 10 minutes next time - thanks.

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