Prolapsed Vent Won't Stay Put

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eagletracker1, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. eagletracker1

    eagletracker1 Out Of The Brooder

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    My silkie bantam has had a prolapsed vent for a few days now. I am not sure what caused it. She was egg bound yesterday but that was after she had prolapsed. I have pushed the prolapse back in several times a day but it keeps coming back out (not immediately though...perhaps when she poops?) I have been using preparation H but read somewhere that if high levels of the med gets into the birds system that can be bad so I am thinking of discontinuing. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've only had one bird prolapse before and once I re-inserted it in that bird, she was fine. What's up with this bird??
     
  2. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    Maine
    Quote:If you don't have her in a darkened cage already try that, it might slow up egg laying and give her a chance to heal. Wash her gently with saline solution and replace the prolapse. It may take several days and several tries for it to stay in place. I also clipped the feathers around the vent to make cleaning easier.(just beware if there are any blood feathers just coming in and don't cut those. Preparation H works well, I have also used honey and that work too. Matter of choice and what I had on hand.

    Did she pass the egg yesterday after she prolapsed???
     
  3. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    sometimes the hen needs a stitch..
    do you have a vet?

    ditto above poster.
     
  4. eagletracker1

    eagletracker1 Out Of The Brooder

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    She didn't seem to be trying to expel the egg so I got it out for her (had to push the prolapsed tissue back around the egg). She hasn't tried to lay one since.

    A vet tech I know offered to try a stitch but that seems extreme and I don't want to go that route unless absolutely necessary. I did notice today that the size of the prolapsed tissue mass seems to be getting smaller....is that a sign that it is healing?
     
  5. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    Maine
    Quote:Sounds positive to me. Are you still cleaning and replacing the prolapse periodical? With the hen I had, had to do that 2 or 3 times a day, each time it would stay a little longer.
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    All above posts are good advice...Keep her in a dark covered box or cage to help keep her from laying...
     
  7. eagletracker1

    eagletracker1 Out Of The Brooder

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    After the one egg that got stuck the other day, she hasn't tried to lay another one. She hasn't been in total darkness either....about 8 hours a day of light. I did notice that after I push the tissue back in, it pops back out when she defecates and it stays out. Is that normal for a prolapsed bird?
     
  8. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    Maine
    Quote:Yes the straining to defecate could make that happen. She actually sounds a little better then the one I worked on. Sometimes it would only stay in place a few minutes at first. I just kept replacing it 2 or three times a day and finally it started to heal. Is she eating and drinking okay still?
     
  9. eagletracker1

    eagletracker1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, she is eating and drinking but the tissue has changed from bright red to dull pink and that worries me.
     

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