Prolapsed Oviduct

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Portland Pearl, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Portland Pearl

    Portland Pearl Hatching

    Aug 17, 2010
    I have a one year old white leghorn banty with a prolapsed oviduct. She's had it for a long time (I'm a new chicken owner and didn't catch it early on. I did the treatment I read about (prep H on it, then gently pressed back in) but the prolapse reoccurred. She can't keep herself clean and looks pretty uncomfortable, is picking off feathers where she can reach. Any other cures or should I think about putting her down? These are our first chickens, so it's a difficult decision! Thanks for any help.
  2. farmerfran

    farmerfran In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2010
    I recently dealt with a bad prolapse. You need to segregate your hen b/c the others will peck at and injure her. They are cannibalistic, and can be very cruel to each other. Keeping it clean and moist is important. I took mine to an avain vet who ended up sewing her up to hold it in until she could heal. She was pushing out as soon as we put it back in. He recommended keeping her in the dark and limiting her food intake to almost nothing. Mine was confined for at least 5 days with only a little bit of grains. The vet said that chickens will go thru cycles in their life when they do not eat for a time and so they have reserves to handle it, even though it seems mean to us. It will help her heal. The limited food will reduce her output and stop her from producing eggs for a time...similar to moult. Be sure she has water though! I was adding some nutrients to her water...colloidal silver, vinegar, echinacea to boost her immune.
  3. Portland Pearl

    Portland Pearl Hatching

    Aug 17, 2010
    Thanks, this helps. The prolapse suddenly went away...she may be starting to molt and slowing down her egg production. I have a better idea of how to proceed now.
  4. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Quote:All excellent suggestions. I have one to add, if it happens again try using honey instead of Prep H. It has a natural antibacterial agent in it and will help her fight off infection. My BO had this happen with her very first egg. Really bad one too. I would make sure yours has access to calcium and that you've seen her eat it. I had it available for mine and thought she was getting enough but because it was up next to a roost (to keep the shavings out) my bird wasn't flying up to get it often enough. I have mine on the floor now. Lack of calcium weakens the muscles used in egg laying.
  5. chkn

    chkn Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    I had a prolapse come back out and I just pushed it in again carefully working in as far as I could. It did hold after that. You might just have to keep at it.

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