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24 August 2006 @ 10:14 pm
Chicken Vent Prolapse, anyone?  
One of our girls has a naaaaaaaasty prolapse. I feel terribly guilty because it's been that way for at least two days, I thought she was just getting ready to molt and that's why her rear feathers looked nappy. Anyhow, we've isolated her, cleaned her off with betadine and warm water, slathered her parts with antibiotic ointment and preparation H (which several sources recommended) and she'll be kept in isolation with antibiotics in her water for a few days at least.

But, it looked like she had a pretty nasty sore on the prolapse. I cleaned it as well as I could and really covered it with ointment before I pushed everything back in, but I'm wondering if there's anything else I can or should do for her?

So far her behavior and diet have been normal,which I take to be a good sign, but she was alarmingly passive while we were treating her. Any advice, or just good vibes for my poor hen?
siani_hedgehogsiani_hedgehog on August 25th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
*sending hopes*
it sounds like you've done everything you sensibly can. unfortunately, though, if she recovers from this prolapse she's still pretty likely to suffer another. it's not in any way your fault - she's just built that way. good luck with her.
Corrieblue_chicory on August 26th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I hope that she recovers and it doesn't reoccur, but in my experience it likely will. If it does, I think the kindest thing you could do for her is to put her down gently, as there are all sorts of unpleasant complications. Unfortunately it often seems to happen to the 'hardest working' girls :( and there is no way to make her stop laying, which is what brings it on, I believe.