Prolapse vent?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by florette4, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. florette4

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    Hi everyone,
    my beautiful Frizzle, Florette has a suspected prolapsed vent. I took her to the vet and she has been given an ant-inflammatory injection and is currently on anti-biotics for the infection. I have googled and looked at the postings on this site and not all the symptoms or pictures quite confirm my hens problem. She is straining to go to the toilet and only runny water comes out. She has been confined for two days now but is far from happy. Eating now and then but not really intersted in food. I have put her in a bath twice to help clear the vent and relax her and she is content to sit in the warm water. Can any one help, the vet has suggested surgery but I'm hoping someone is smarter than the vet and has experienced this before. [​IMG]
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    Sorry photos arent that great. Might try and take some more.
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    Jennie
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    Prolapse is sometimes caused by low calcium levels, being egg bound, infection, or constipation issues that cause straining. I haven't treated it myself, but it is very common. You need to keep your hen from laying by covering her cage or keep her in a dark room 16 hours daily. You are doing well cleaning the prolapse, but it needs to be pushed back in, because the longer it is out, the tissue will dry up and die. You may need to remove any dead tissue, and keep the vent covered with honey or Preparation H ointment which will help reduce swelling. You vet can put in a purse string suture to keep it from falling back out until it heals. Here are some good links to read: http://beautyofbirds.com/Prolapse.htm
    http://www.littlehenrescue.co.uk/Pages/Medicaladvice.aspx
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/846626/prolapsed-vent
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014
  4. florette4

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    Thank you so much for your replies and taking the time out to help. Unfortunately, despite all best efforts she passed away over night. I am absoloutely devestated and cannot understand why she would go. I did evrything I thought possible. I wish now I had taken her to a specialist vet. I think she was pretty far gone by the time I discovered it and perhaps she couldn't fight the infection. So very sad, she had such a personality. I put her in the bath yesterday and she just sat quite happily for 20 minutes or so.I then applied some cocnut oil around the vent to soften it a bit and she proceeded to eat some of it. I thought it might help the apparent blockage. I don't think it would have possible to push the vent back as it seemd very hard, swollen and seemed to contain droppings or possibly dead tissue? … I'm not sure as I said it didn't look like the typical examples that are available on the net. The trouble with chickens is they don't let you know they are unwell until the last minute. I spend a lot of time with hens every day and I am mortified that I didn't spot this earlier. She was never the most lively chook, however I did notice she had a slightly wet bottom but figured I would just worm her. All the rest of the flock are so healthy and so spoilt it didn't occur to me that it could be anything too serious. How wrong I was :(
     
  5. iwiw60

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    Oh, I'm so so sorry you lost your friend...

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    Thank you :(
     
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    Oh, I'm sorry that you lost her. I think you did everything possible, and I'm glad she enjoyed her little bath.
     

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