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Sugar for prolapse?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by carolanne, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. carolanne

    carolanne New Egg

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    Hey gang, I have an Ameraucana hen who has just started laying - her first egg was pretty bloody, which I wasn't too worried about because I know it's normal, but a couple of the Leghorns were pecking at her butt (grr vampires) so I isolated her. She was starting to look a lot better and heal up nicely, but then she jumped back into the pen with the other hens REPEATEDLY and got herself pecked up even worse while I was at work. When I got home I moved her away from them all together, but she was pretty bad. THEN I saw an egg poking out, oh GREAT. She was eggbound so I gave her a steambath (put her in a crate with water above a pot of hot water) and she passed the egg during the night.

    BUT now she is prolapsed. Doesn't look too bad, I was able to stick it back in there but keeps falling out. I read in several places that granulated sugar can help with prolapse so I sprinkled a little on there, will check on her in 20 min or so.

    Anybody have any experience with this sort of thing? I'm trying my best but I would really appreciate any additional insight!

    Thanks
    Carolyn
     
  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have any honey? If so, apply directly to the prolapse and keep your girl in a dark place to try and prevent her from laying any further eggs at the moment - if you have prep-h you can use that in place of honey, honey has healing properties and does help shrink the prolapse.

    Good luck and keep us informed!

    Suzie
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I use Preparation-H.
     
  4. carolanne

    carolanne New Egg

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    Hmm, we have tried sugar and honey both but no change yet. I have her in a crate in the basement with some food water and shavings, I'll turn the light off and see if that helps. Should I try to push it back in? Every time I've tried she's freaked out and struggled which pushed it back out. I don't want to block her vent but I was thinking about trying to strap it in there... I'll keep you posted.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I'd replace the shavings with a towel, clean off her vent with saline and/or Betadine, cover in Prep-H, push it back in, reduce feed to slow egg production and wait. My duck spent two weeks in my bathroom, but her prolapse was very bad.
     
  6. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my ducks had their prolapses I used Prep-H and honey. I tried the sugar and it really hurt their sore bottoms. I treated them every two hours for a week, and each time I had to push their vent back in. I kept them in dark closets but couldn't keep them from laying eggs. They all recovered and are doing well.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I read that if you cut way back on their food that they will eventually stop laying. Mine laid three eggs then stopped.
     

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