Maybe my girl has a death sentence rather than being saved, help???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jeannieo, Dec 4, 2010.

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  1. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had posted yesterday about my hen being saved but now I'm not so sure after a message from Speckledhen, whose expertise I greatly respect. Does any of the following, which I found on another chicken forum, sound reasonable to anyone or has the vet sutured my girl's vent just to have her die? I've got her in the furnace room with drinking water in the dark to hopefully stop egg production. I feel so bad now and think that maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew with chickens and maybe I should find homes for them all? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


    Chickens that show signs of prolapse can be helped by preventing them laying. However, if there is any small prolapse gently push it back into the chicken with your fingers. The chicken should then be put on a maintenance diet of wheat and water and put in a dark cage. Leave the hen there for a week.

    In severe prolapse a purse suture and maintenance diet with the chicken kept in the dark, as above, works well. However, it is important to restrict the chickens diet to maintenance only for possibly a couple of months. This does work!! Alternative to maintenance diet is feeding the chicken enough to keep it alive, moving and keeping warm plus enough extra feed for it to produce eggs.

    You may find that by reducing the feed it brings on a forced molt

    By reducing feed intake so that the bird has just enough feed to keep it alive, moving and keeping warm you are feeding for maintenance only. The chicken will not lay eggs and so give it the best chance of recovery.

    Treatment:
    You can try to push the prolapse organs back in, very carefully
    First, remove the hen immediately from the flock to prevent cannibalism
    Clean the prolapse organ
    Which will have become dirty
    Use warm water and a very mild soap
    Smear with a lubricating jelly like Vaseline and very gently push the prolapsed organs back into the body cavity

    Isolating the bird and reduce the feed to try and stop her laying
    She more than likely she has another egg already moving down the oviduct
    The next egg laid could cause another prolapse

    Helping to prevent further damage when a hen is prolapsed
    1. Reducing swelling and allowing the muscles to contract
    2. Preventing a yeast infection
    3. Preventing them laying
    4. If there is any small prolapse gently push it back into the chicken with your fingers
    5. Put the hen on a maintenance diet of wheat and water
    6. Put in a dark cage to stop the laying cycle (5 days to 2 months (severe case))
    7. In severe prolapse a purse suture may be need to the cloaca

    Wash area with sterile water and using preparation-H (this is an ointment used for humans who have piles or hemaroids)
    Coat the extended portion in and around the vent area.
    Preparation -H reduces the swelling tissue and thus allows the tissue to recede.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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