Vent gleet and prolapse

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cookiemonster1108, May 19, 2019.

  1. Cookiemonster1108

    Cookiemonster1108 Hatching

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    My 9 month old chicken was walking very slow so I went to go check on her. Upon bringing her in I noticed that she had a prolapsed vent. I gave her a bath and cleaned her up when I also noticed that she was not only swollen down there but she was also oozing white. Whenever she popped the vent back out I saw that I was coming from right above the swollen vent. From what I can tell it is either an infection or vent gleet.
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    Welcome to BYC. That is most likely urates coming out from kidney waste. It may be normal and not vent gleet, which is fungal infection of the vent that can be overdiagnosed. Is she passing any normal looking droppings? I would use some honey on the vent prolapse to keep it moist so the skin does not dry out and die. Keep pushing the prolapse back inside when you can, and hopefully she will eventually keep it in. How often does she lay eggs? To stop her laying temporarily can take 3 days or so, and she would need to be kept in the dark for 16 hours overnight each day. Then for 8 hours per day she can be in light, to eat and drink. Give her a shallow vent bath daily to keep her clean, then reapply the honey or a 50:50 sugar and water mixture. A vet can put in a temporary suture to hold the prolase inside if needed. Some hens can prolapse their intestines out of the opening, and any hen with a prolapse should be kept separated until the prolapse syas in. Otherwise, they will be pecked or cannibalized by the other chickens. This link may give you info why a prolapse may occur:
    https://the-chicken-chick.com/prolapse-vent-causes-treatment-graphic/
     
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    We didnt want her to lay an egg so we fed her very little today so her dropping are small thank you for the feedback.
     
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    She does need to eat though. Her feed can be decreased, but the main thing that helps to stop laying is to limit light to 8 hours per day with a dark room or covered cage. Provide water always.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Posting a picture of her prolapse can be helpful. Epsom salts in the soaking water can help to heal the vent, or you can use dish detergent in the water. The key is to prevent any dark or necrotic tissue, which can be prevented by keeping the prolapse moist with a water soluble material such as honey.
     
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    I can not provide a picture at this time but there is a little bit of black on the vent.
     
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  8. Cookiemonster1108

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    And are you able to use scented Epsom salts for the vent?
     
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    Yes, Epsom salts water is good. Any black or scabbed area can be debrided with a wash cloth after softening in the soaking water for 20-30 minutes.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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