Possible prolapse - advice needed please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ejctm, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. ejctm

    ejctm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Guys,

    Today, I noticed one of my hens, while doing a poop had a round red fleshy protuberance pop out of her vent. It was about the size and shape of the end of my thumb. Once the poop came out, this bit of flesh popped right back inside. The poop was nice and soft.

    She is 2 years old and a "virgin" bird, i.e. never been mated. She hatched and raised a brood this summer and then went into a full moult, and has just started laying again a couple of weeks ago. She seems perfectly perky in herself, eating and drinking well. She is a free range hen.

    She eats normal layer pellets (plus some grower that I feed to my young ducks) plus kitchen scraps, fruit, veg, weeds, grass, insects, etc. She is 2 years old and a healthy happy hen usually.

    Should I be worried about this? Is there anything I can do to prevent it happening again? What should I do?

    Many thanks
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2010
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No worries, this is normal. It is when it stays out that you've got a problem.
     
  3. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would keep a constant eye on it. As long as it stays in it's fine. If it pops out and stays out, you will have to separate her asap so the other hens don't pick at it and kill her. As far as I know, there isn't much you can do to prevent it. Some hens have muscle weakenss. Just make sure she always has good feed and lots of water to drink. Hope this helps.
     
  4. ejctm

    ejctm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is helpful, thanks.

    Do you know what has caused it?
     

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