prolapse vent - can they survive with it left out?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kit1470, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. kit1470

    kit1470 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know this may seem like a dumb question but bare with me

    I have a 7 mth old laying silkie whose 1st egg, several weeks ago, caused her vent to prolapse. following advice from here I doctored her up with a warm bath and the honey to push it back in and put her in a crate in the laundry room covered with a towel for a week. all was well for the couple of weeks she laid almost every day with no problem after I added her back to the coop. this week she was trying to lay an egg and it got "stuck" in a membrane like sac and I had to assist her in getting it out. She seemed fine everything went back where it was supposed to go. the next day when I collected eggs I noticed that she had prolapsed again. there is no blood she is eating and drink and general acting like her normal sweet self, doesn't appear to be in any pain has layed 2 more eggs. she has oyster shells available all day and I feed her layena feed. my girls get to free range several times a week for several hours at a time.

    can a chicken live with a prolapsed vent - she seemed more uncomfortable and unhappy when I "fixed" it than she does right now. I don't want to keep hurting her and I don't want to assume that she needs to be culled if she can survive as she is if that makes sense.
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not really. If it stays out she or the other chickens will eventually start picking at it. If by some miracle that doesn't happen the tissue will die, become necrotic and that will be it for her. Sometimes it takes several tries for it to stay in, and sometimes it just can't be fixed. All you can do is try though. Best of luck with her.
     
  3. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    No, push it back in again. It may take several tries.
     
  4. kit1470

    kit1470 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for answering my question - I giving it another try I hope I can fix her and make it work - she's such a good girl
     
  5. OverEZ

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    In August one of our Golden Comets, Reba, developed a prolapsed vent. She has carried it around for several months now still laying and eating and ranging with the others. Just last night while she was perched I noticed she had dry tail feathers. Sure enough the prolapse was back inside. No redness or wet feathers. Now this is either good news or bad. Is it fixed or is she now impacted? Time will tell.
     
  6. kit1470

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    oh I hope it's good news - because after I posted this I noticed that my girl's tail feathers were drying up as well and it appeared that things had gone back where they belonged and she's being doing fine since so I hope it stays that way
     

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