Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by justusnak, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Eve, my RP hen has a problem, I am thinking its prolaps. She is the one that was so sick last summer with Black head disease. Her and I battled it together, and she made it through. She has a very special place in my heart...and I dont want her to suffer...can she be saved????

    This pic was taken last is WORSE now!

    Do I need to put her down?? Can she be saved??? bawling here! I just love this hen!
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2008
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Good luck! Hope she can make a recovery. If anyone is interested, honey works because it draws water out from the tissues due to an osmotic gradient between honey/sugar vs tissue. PrepH works because it is a vasoconstrictor which decreases blood flow and thus prevents more liquid from collecting.
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Good Luck!
    You may have to repeatedly clean, treat, and put back in.
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I know when we have a cow prolapse we always sell her because once it happens the odds are that it will happen again.
  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:That's just what I was going to say. They are always more likely to prolapse again.
  7. i had a chicken that had this happen and it happened about 3 times in the matter of a week and then it didn't happen agian untill about 4 or 5 months later and it happened and then her uteris wouldn't go back in, we even took her to the vet and he said there was nothing he could do so we ended up leaving her there to get put to sleep. It was hard but I believe it was the right thing to do. The chances are it is going to happen agian once you get it back in there because she has to lay an egg everyday you know? Good luck and watch for it to happen agian and make sure the other chickens don't get to it becuz they will pek at it and she might even her self. Good luck<!
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Oh Jeeze, Deb....
    Definitely a prolapse...
    Put it back in, use PrepH or Honey or Sugar...try and keep her in the dark so she'll stop laying.
  9. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I had one prolapse early last fall. She is laying and we have not had anymore trouble with her. It just depends on how bad it is and the hen.
  10. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Oh that's horrible. I'm so sorry, Deb.

    Some vets will do a "pursestring suture" which holds her in place. It's a temporary suture and he said it works about half the time. The vet also mentioned a hysterectomy but he and the other vets hadn't done one on a chicken before. They were hesitant and I couldn't afford it then.

    My hen's prolapsed tissue was a darker color and smelled horrible. I ended up having my neighbor "do the deed" for me and my husband said that he saw a big mass come out of her, something more than prolapse, probably cancer.

    Your hen's tissue looks much healthier compared to my hen's--if you have a vet that will look at her, give it a try. In the meantime, go with Spotted's suggestion.

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