Prolapsed Vent vs. Intestinal Prolapse

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by XanderWiFi, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. XanderWiFi

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    Another white leghorn having issues. Red Leg this time. Still acting like a normal chicken doing active chicken things. Son noticed this and wife took a picture. I believe it is a prolapsed vent and I intend to clean her up real well, gently squeeze the poop out (they witnessed no pooping from her today but I was not able to observe being stuck at work), smear some hemorrhoid cream on, then gently attempt to push the prolapse back into place. If this works, I understand the likelihood of this happening again is common.

    Does it appear like it could be anything else? And if so: best treatment plan? Any amendments to the proposed plan stated above?
     

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  2. MomJones

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    I'd do a warm epsom salt soak and lubricate with a mixture of white oak bark and coconut oil. You don't have that hydrocortisone cream will work. I'd try to let the swelling go down before trying to hold it back in. Just make sure you always keep it lubricated, because if the tissue dries out it will die.
     
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  4. Wyorp Rock

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    How is she today?
    Were you able to give her a soak and get the vent unclogged?
    I would wonder if it's bulbous looking do to being clogged up with poop or if she has an egg in there.
    That may not go back in for a couple of days, it's hard to know, but whatever you use/do, keep that exposed tissue moist with your cream or you can use oil, honey, etc.
    Keep her hydrated. I would probably limit how much food she eats and keep her in a dark quiet place, limiting daylight to 8 hours a day to stop her from laying. A Leghorn for the most part lays everyday, so with a prolapse like that trying to lay could make it worse.



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  5. XanderWiFi

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    This is a picture post clean up before attempting to get everything back in. Gave her a good soap suds and epsom salt bath before making the attempt. There is a sphincter on the left side that is pink and healthy. That opening on the right I am praying is another opening for poop? Not sure. I just really hope it is not torn cloaca/colon/etc. Guidance from those more experienced welcome on evaluation.
     

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  6. XanderWiFi

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    Everything can move back in quite nicely. She promptly pooped after being put inside the hospital cage and then it all came back out :( She continuously pushes and flexes which makes me concerned there is something more she is trying to work out. We will keep her inside, can't guarantee quiet with 4 kids, but she will have a darkened area, lots of water. Any recommendations for foods to give her during this time.

    I really really need confirmation on whether she has a tear/necrotic tissue from the picture above. She continues to act strong and overall unbothered. Wife is putting antibiotic ointment on as we speak and I hosed her good with tea tree oil antiseptic spray before reinsertion.
     

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    And any guidance on how to get her to KEEP it inside?
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    The last picture looks pretty healthy. It seems to be fairly normal for the prolapse to come back out when they pass droppings or lay an egg. I would just keep trying to get it back in and keep her clean. Her feed can be the same as she normally eats perhaps with a small amount of cooked egg. By placing her in the dark for 16 hours a day to get her to temporarily stop laying, that should decrease what she eats. She can have some active time walking around even outside during her 8 hours of daylight. But if her prolapse in not staying in, she shouldn’t be around other chickens due to the possibility of pecking. She could have visits with them perhaps in a wire dog crate, just so they stay familiar with her. Once her vent stays in consistently, and she has stopped laying for a couple of days, she can probably go back outside with the flock. There is always a possibility of a recurrent prolapse problem.
     
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  9. Wyorp Rock

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    I would limit light to 8 hours a day as I suggested previously to stop her from laying so she heals. Give her a little extra calcium for a couple of days to help with contractions and retention. 1/2 tablet of Caltrate will work.

    It looks like you were able to get that back in pretty well. Do you know if she laid an egg yesterday?

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    Thanks to everyone for the advice! I am not 100% sure if she laid an egg yesterday. She seems to be feeling ok. Keeping things moisturized and as clean as possible.
     
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