Treating for vent prolapse - how long?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by amysflock, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. amysflock

    amysflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an Easter Egger who's been picked on a lot lately, and last night she laid a bloody egg, so I checked and she's got a prolapsed vent that's probably been pecked at a bit.

    I have her isolated in a large dog crate with fresh bedding, food and water. I treated her vent with Preparation H.

    My questions are:

    How long should I isolate her and treat with the Preparation H?

    What else should I be doing with her isolations besides keeping her separate with her own food and water? Does she need to be in the dark, or in a warmer spot than just the barn in her crate, or ???

    Do I need to worry about re-introducing her to the flock? I have 11 chickens total, in an 8 x 9 coop with deep litter attached to a 7 x 8 outdoor run.

    I'm pretty new to this isolation thing, and am not sure what I'm doing is correct.

    Thanks!
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    You need to keep her isolated away from the others until all is healed (or the others will attack her)... if she has been "picked" on lately this may have led to reduced nutritional intake which may have been responsible for the prolapse.
     
  3. Riverdale

    Riverdale Out Of The Brooder

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    We use honey to help the prolapse heal. Big Red (our only layer left from last year, and a RIR) had one several weeks ago, which DW and some honey helped heal it.

    She has been cut back on protein to help cut back on eggs til she heals up all the way.
     
  4. ChinaChicks1

    ChinaChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did you push the prolapse back in? You can put her under a heat lamp and that will help relax her. Also give her some ASA (baby aspirin 80mg), you can get the generic kind from the dollar general store. Give 5, 5 grain tablets per 1 gallon of water and that will help with any pain she is in. Also reduce her protein intake for a bit, like if you were giving her oyster shell..don't now..the calcium sometimes contributes to it. If you'd like to read more on problems of prolapse and what causes it go HERE .
     

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