Vent Attack - Graphic but Need Help/Advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hens_And_Chicks, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My son found a pullet in the flock this morning with a seriously attacked vent - I'm thinking the nearly 4 oz egg in the barn came from her and must have caused a bit of prolapse and the other chickens really attacked her - she was very bloody and "extruded" when I found her - I brought her to the house and used a warm water bath to clean all the blood off her back end. It's very ugly meaty looking - I smeared it with Preparation H and put her in a pen alone to recover with food and water. Within about 20 minutes or so, a significant visual reduction was observed. Can she recover and heal normal? This is my first time to have to deal with vent pecking.

    I think I did ok on cleaning and doctoring and secluding her.

    Is there anything else I can or should do? Or even done differently?

    (Yesterday I lost one of my pullets when my 5 yr old gelding stomped her [​IMG] I just can't take too much more chicken trauma today [​IMG] )
     
  2. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:She can recover, just keep her away from the others until things are completely healed and there is no red anywhere on her hind end.

    When you go to put her back in with the other ones, do it when they are all on the roost after dark. Keep an eye on her for several days afterwards just in case.

    Feed her extra protein, keep her warm and dry, and she will be your best buddy.

    I managed to get my large but very docile Jersey Giant Brunhilda all patched up and back in the coop, seems somewhere during the process she developed some spunk, I haven't seen any of them pick on her since she went back in with the rest. She was a mess, it was somewhat comical as the aggressor was half her size.
     
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  3. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you TheFox - extra protein as in... a can of moist cat food? Or some other source?
     
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Gamebird feed, scrambled or boiled eggs, oatmeal, etc. will help her alot. I think you can put sugar on her prolapsed vent.
     
  5. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:What Cammy is recommending, not moist cat food to much salt, the only time cat food should be considered is if it is kibbles and then only if the salt content is low. Sunflower hearts are also good.

    If the prolapse has not resolved, you can use granulated sugar. Not the confectioners sugar.
     

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