Stuck egg? Prolapse? UPDATE - Didn't make it. :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bil, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Noticed tonight that one of the chickens was not joining the others for some new feed (when we fill up the feed no matter when we do they all jump down to eat a little bit). My wife went over to the roost to see why she wasn't getting down and noticed that her rear was wet. She took her down and found what looks to be like a stuck egg or prolapse, or something. We have no idea what to do.

    Any suggestions?

    Here are the pictures:
    The dark black round thing is about the size of an egg.
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    Here is a closer up picture.
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    Thank you in advance.

    Bil

    Edited to add more information:

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    BO - 5-6 months hasn't started laying yet but I would expect any time

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Above
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    Above

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    No idea

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
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    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Somewhat normal

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Separated from flock, nothing else

    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    I'll do it myself.
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
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    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    In a large size dog kennel with pine shavings.
     
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  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! I don't know much about this, but I'd start by soaking her in some warm water so you can clean things up a bit and have a better idea what you're dealing with. It seems like most the folks on here that are really with illness and injury (and post often) are on the East coast so I'm not sure if you'll get a lot of response tonight, you might have to update in the morning so they'll see this. After her bath get her dry and in isolation (dog crate works great if you have one) where she can stay warm for the night and none of the others can pick at her. When you do the update take a look at the sticky at the top of this section and give as much of that information as you can, it really helps narrow things down. [​IMG]
     
  3. RuffledFeathers

    RuffledFeathers Out Of The Brooder

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    You should give her a warm bath, just soak that lower half, and gently clean all that gunk off so you can see better what is going on. It will relax her and not be traumatic. Is she straining at all? I had a bird with an extreme prolapse, but never saw anything black. That is disturbing, like dead tissue maybe? Usually egg-bound is red and swollen.
    Best thing for now is a bath (then you can even blow-dry), put her in a box or crate in the house where it's dark, and a heat pad on low can help, too. Give her fluids if you can, and watch her for the night. Is there an avian vet in your area?
     
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    If it is a prolapse, you can put preparation H on it. After you give her a warm bath.
     
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did she make it thru the night? Were you able to get her cleaned up and tell what you were dealing with?
     
  6. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got her cleaned up and she is still alive.

    What it looks like is when she was laying an egg, something happened and it got stuck to something inside of her and she kept on pushing and it all came out. The black thing is a brown egg covered in blood. I don't think she'll make it past the weekend. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the help.

    Bil
     
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    you can rinse/flush the area with sterile saline ... then smear on KYgel as lubricating agent to help pass that egg... keep her bottom on a moist warm towel (as you cannot keep her in a bath for long periods or she will become hypothermic).
     
  8. Bil

    Bil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to report she died overnight. We got her cleaned up the other day but couldn't get everything back where it should be. We've been keeping her warm and well fed but she wouldn't drink or eat. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the help.
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry! That one was pretty bad though and she was lucky to have people that would try. [​IMG]
     
  10. EmmyGirl

    EmmyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, I came on here because of the exact same problem...
    Sorry to hear Bil. [​IMG]
    We found our Mathilda huddled by herself and after lifting her, she looked exactly like those photos. My husband and I took her inside and washed her down with warm water to remove the dried blood and then treated the area with Baby lotion gel. The egg was right at the opening but WOULD NOT BUDGE. We kept her warm and wet with the hand-held spray and my husband was able to slowly push the egg out with the help of Mathilda. We just finished blowdrying her and now she's in our Great Danes cage with a heater on her..She was very uncomfortable but as soon as the egg came out she pretty much collapsed in my husbands arms..Fingers crossed she does well tonight..
    Thanks for all the info!![​IMG]
     
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