Prolapsed Uterus

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hipmarye, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. hipmarye

    hipmarye Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    I live in South MS where we normally have very mind weather, but not this week, of all weeks.
    So Wednesday night my daughter was locking up the chickens and came in screaming, "Help, something's wrong with Stacy!" (her white, 3 1/2 year old, leghorn). I went out with her and discovered what appeared to be a prolapsed uterus.
    There was, what I assumed was, her uterus hanging out the vent with a little blood, and a lot of poo all down her bum.
    This was the first night of our hard freezes so we gathered her up and brought her into the garage. We rinsed and rinsed and tried to clean her up as best we could including triming feathers that were matted together in poo.
    My thought was she laid a thin or shell-less egg because her feathers appeared to be stuck like glue. We took prep-H and smeared it everywhere and tucked everything back inside her, then we put her in a kennel in a heated side room.
    Up until yesterday she's been eating well. Yesterday I gave her a 20 minute spa treatment in a warm bath with a light massage and re-tucked her uterus. (We'd been re-tucking twice a day since the original incident, but not last night - Saturday - or this morning.) Everything has stayed inside for 24 hours now, but, like I said, she's lost her appetite. She is still drinking. She's on a low-heat, hot pad in the kennel still. We never found any evidence of an egg being inside her, but her bum is red and swollen.

    I guess my questions are:
    1) could she be egg bound?
    2) how can we help her if she is?
    3) is the situation hopeless?
    4) can you give a chicken a hysterectomy? I mean I could care less if she ever lays another egg. I just want her to be back to her sassy self.
    4) honestly, what should we do?

    PLEASE I beg of you be kind. We love our chickens and WON'T eat them so please don't suggest such blasphemy. I just want to make her better/happy/back to normal.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2015
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Has she been passing stools since this happened? Can you insert a rubber gloved finger inside her vent to feel for a stuck egg? Has the vent tissue that comes out been reddish pink all along, or has there been any dark or dead looking tissue? Many hens don't recover from prolapse, especially since they tend to require a lot of the owners time. You can stop her from laying over a couple of days, by placing her in a covered or dark cage for 16 out of every 24 hours, and reduce her protein intake in her diet. Here are some good links to read about prolapse that I hope help:
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  3. hipmarye

    hipmarye Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    She hasn't pooped very much. She's been in a dark crate on a low-heat heating pad. I haven't incerted my finger since yesterday when I was putting her uterus back, but no I never felt an egg. Her uterus was mostly pink.

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