Apr 18, 2012

Prolapse Vent in Chickens: Causes & Treatment. *Graphic Photos**

ABOUT PROLAPSE VENT
Prolapse vent in chickens, also known as prolapsed oviduct, blow-out, cloacal prolapse, or pickout, … “is a condition in which the lower part of a hen’s oviduct turns inside out and protrudes through the vent.”1  Prolapse is a very serious condition that is treatable if caught early and is likely to recur.

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Common Causes
Many sources of information on prolapse indicate that chickens with prolapse should be culled. I suspect this recommendation is made for large poultry operations, not backyard chicken-keepers since prolapse is manageable. Given that prolapse is likely to happen again, as long as the status of the hen’s condition is monitored, culling is ordinarily unnecessary. The biggest danger to a chicken with prolapse is other chickens picking at the reddened area. Repeated picking can result in the chicken’s oviduct and/or intestines being pulled out and eventual death from cannibalism.
Gratuitous cute niece shot. The other photos aren't as charming.
My plans for today did not include finding a hen with a prolapsed vent. My brother, who was visiting with his daughter, was shoveling his annual load of chicken manure into his truck while I snapped photos of my adorable niece interacting with the chickens.  It was then that I caught a glimpse of droppings stuck to Anna’s vent in the distance. Upon closer inspection, the prolapse was obvious. My brother, who is a nurse practitioner in an emergency room, was surprised to see me, the lawyer in the family, spring into action upon discovery of the prolapse and I was surprised to see him, shocked at the condition of my hen. Fortunately I recognized the condition, got to it before any of her flock mates did and my chicken first-aid kit was stocked.

Anna was unable to pass the droppings stuck in her vent due to swelling, so I  applied gentle pressure to the sides of the prolapsed tissue to remove it. The prolapse immediately receded, but only momentarily.
Due to swelling, Anna was unable to poop properly.
Vent area after being emptied manually.
Poor Anna. Not a good day for her.
I next put her into the sink, filling it with warm water to clean the droppings off her feathers and cleaned the protrusion with Vetericyn VF hydrogel. I then wrapped her in a large towel, covering her head loosely as I was working solo and this calms chickens. She sat still the entire time I worked on her.
Anna laid still for the duration, wrapped loosely in a towel.
view of the prolapsed tissue after being cleaned (and then she pooped again)

I applied Preparation-H to my gloved finger first in order to shrink the swollen tissue and then gently guided the prolapsed tissue into its proper location. The concern now is in keeping the tissue in place. So far, so good. I added vitamins & electrolytes to her water for the added calcium. She will be kept in a darkened crate for at least 24 hours to discourage egg-laying, which could exacerbate the condition.

If Anna's uterus had prolapsed again, I could have made a sling or temporary diaper to support it. Thankfully, that was never necessary.
After cleaning with Vetericyn and applying PreparationH.
Anna's vent returned to normal. The uterus has not prolapsed since the first time.
While Anna was relaxed and calm, it was easy to inspect her feet, both of which had early signs of bumblefoot. There was minor swelling and redness of the right foot pad with a small, telltale scab and the left foot had an even smaller scab with very little swelling.
Anna's right foot. Early bumblefoot scab
Anna's left foot. Very early case of bumblefoot
 This is a very early case of bumblefoot and the plan is to apply Vetericyn VF to her feet at least twice daily, place a non-stick gauze pad on top of it and wrap her feet in Vetrap to keep the product in place. Worst case scenario, it doesn’t work and I perform bumblefoot surgery on her. Best case scenario, she is spared the pain of the surgery and is cured by the Vetericyn.

Anna and I are going to spend some quality time together this week as I keep her inside, clean and safe from her curious flockmates. I will treat both of her feet and continue to monitor her prolapse. (Stay tuned for status updates on Anna's progress.)
UPDATE as of 10/24/12: Anna has not had a recurrence of the prolapse since the first incident, thankfully.

UPDATE: 5/27/12 Anna healed brilliantly from her bumblefoot treatment with Vetericyn VF hydrogel. I did lance the scab in order for the product to reach the infection and I am thrilled with the result!
Anna's back in business!
1 Damerow, Gail (1994). The Chicken Health Handbook. page 53: Storey Publishing. 
2 Anatomical illustrations and photo reproduced for educational purposes, courtesy ofJacquie Jacob, Tony Pescatore and Austin Cantor, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Copyright 2011. Educational programs of Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, M. Scott Smith, Director, Land Grant Programs, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Lexington,and Kentucky State University, Frankfort. Copyright 2011 for materials developed by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. This publication may be reproduced in portions or its entirety for educational and nonprofit purposes only. Permitted users shall give credit to the author(s) and include this copyright notice. Publications are also available on the World Wide Web at www.ca.uky.edu. Issued 02-2011

212 comments :

  1. Phyllis Vaks Garrett4/18/12, 6:26 PM

    Poor Anna...hoping her recovery is quick...

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    1. Thank you Phyllis. She is doing well today. I applied Vetericyn to her vent and both feet three times today and will keep her separated from the gang for a few more days to monitor the prolapse and egg laying.

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    2. Thank you for publishing this, we had one do the same thing, but didn't really know what to do other than try to put it back. She did not make it..:o( But now I know more...and next time I'll do it right. Again thank you for telling us about it.

      Jewel

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    3. I cant tell you how much vetericyn we go through on the farm! from goats to chickens horses and kittens you can never have too much :)

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  2. Thanks for the very informative blog. Poor Anna, glad she has someone with the know-how of taking proper care of this problem. I hope I never have to deal with this, but at least now I'll know what to do.

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  3. I have used Vetericyn on bumblefoot after I have done the surgery, didn't think about using it like you have just topically. I am curious to find out well it works. Sure would be easier than surgery. I hope she recovers quickly and doesn't prolapse again. Fingers crossed for her. :)

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  4. There is no stinkin way I am going to be able to do this stuff, I may as well sell the chicks now! EEEgads!

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    1. I hope you kept your chicks....Chickens are very theraputic. I miss my chickens.....

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    2. I hope you kept your chickens....chickens are very theraputic. I miss my chickens...

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  5. Wow! Prolapse and bumblefoot. Hope to see her recover quickly.

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  6. Hope she feels better soon! Thank you for such an informative blog. I feel much better having seen your experiences with these things so if I am faced with it I will be able to recognize it and treat it.

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  7. I have a hen with a prolapsed anus too and she also has sepage constantly. She acts normal and eats and no one bothers her. I am sure she is not laying. I have tried to treat the prolapsed by pushing it back in but it came out again and I have tried to treat the sepage but that didn't work either. She does not act like she is in pain, and runs around like the others. Got any suggestions? She is a EE.

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  8. speedy recovery to Anna. She looks as though she could use good book and some nice hot tea while she is getting over the bumble foot and prolapse lol.
    Thanks for that post I am going to save it in my favorites under Chickens for just in case.
    Oh before I forget can I get the Vetericyn threw my vet or am I better off ordering it from some company? I do not have that on hand and be good to have sense we also dogs and cats. Not sure if its good for goats, rabbits, horses, pigs ect. as well.

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  9. Heidi's Happy Acre Farm4/19/12, 2:10 PM

    Wow I have had a Ewe prolapse after twins but never thought about my chickens getting it! Thanks for the heads up and also the first aide kit ingredients. I will be shopping in the next few days for sure! Would love to know where you are in CT as I grew up in Glastonbury. Thanks again for the great blog!

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    1. My pleasure, Heidi. This is my first run-in with prolapse and I was glad that I had read up on it previously and knew what to do.

      I live in Suffield and grew up in Bristol. Small world, isn't it??!!

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  10. Extremely informative post. Thanks for taking the time to put such detailed info out there!

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  11. Thanks so much for the pics about bumblefoot. I have a hen right now that I have treated before, but it has returned. I cannot seem to get rid of it, and she has been so traumatized by my handling and treatment that she freaks every time I come near her. Even the vet said he didn't know if he could do much better. It's a tough problem.

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  12. Anna is lucky to have you! AlbanyDog

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  13. After reading about Anna we decided to name our hen Anna. She too has a prolapsed vent. We googled the problem and you site provided us with all the information we need to help her out. We really appreciate your help. Sincerely

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    1. How nice of you to let me know! I'm really thrilled to hear that my post helped you out. Give my best to Anna!

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  14. Wow. Sorry to hear about Anna. Hope she has a quick recovery. I never realized how common that bumble foot is, prolapse not so much I hope. Is there any way to prevent the bumblefoot from occuring?

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    1. She had an exceptionally quick recovery, thank you. Prolapse is not as common as bumblefoot.

      I do have a blog post on bumblefoot that will give you causes and prevention ideas. You can either look to the left sidebar and click on BUMBLEFOOT in the topics list or copy and paste this link into your address bar to get to it: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html

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  15. Very good information for refference

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  16. I was so glad to find information on egg binding - I thought at first it was prolapse, but I immediately turned to your blog and found out it was not quite that bad. Now I am off to the bumblefoot section. Adventures in chicken keeping - thanks for all the info. It sure helps to have a place to turn for advice, information, and FUN facts!!

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  17. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article, and i am hoping the same work from you in the future as well. Thanks for sharing us this article!

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  18. Awe, Poor Anna. You are a good chicken mommy. Thank you for the info and pictures! I have 3 chicks and Anna looks just like my samantha.
    Thank you!!

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  19. Awe, Poor Anna. You are a good chicken mommy!
    Thank you for the great info and pictures.

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  20. Yikes poor girl. Her butt and her feet hurt. Hope she is better soon!

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  23. Thank you so much for all your informative blogs-- First Im so glad that Anna is doing well--second I hope my girls dont run into of these problems as I would pass out having to do this to them-- I know they are like my children and if the time comes Im hoping I can do it all-- if not I will be looking for some chicken people near me to help--- Thank you for the pics too becuz I would not have known what to look for ...

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  28. I've been subscribed to your blog via email and your FB book page for awhile now. I would love to win this contest because just like you didn't expect to find Miss Anna with a prolapsed vent and early bumble, you never know when you're going to need a well stocked first aid kit. I think it would be awesome to add these products to mine! :)

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  29. I follow you via Google Reader...

    I'd like to win because it's great to have such a wonderful product on hand. I have used Vetericyn to treat bumblefoot in my flock and it works well!

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  30. Thank you for the important information. I hope Anna has a complete recovery. I have not had any of these problems yet and hope that I don't.

    debrahankins@comcast.net

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  31. WOW, as always, Thank You for all the wonderful information. I receive more posts regarding to Chickens than from my friends. My friends might start thinking of me as the Crazy Chicken Lady :)
    Thank you too for all the recommendations. I have a chicken with Bumble Foot, and I am trying to treat her at home. Not up for tackling the surgery myself, but need to get some Vetericyn fast!! I really appreciate all the information you share.

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  32. I'm subscribed via email and I'd like to win because...wow, I had no idea about all of this stuff! I need some Vetericyn!

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  33. "The Chicken Chick highly recommends Vetericyn!"I would love to win some Vetericyn to add to my chicken first aid kit! thanks for a great contest and love your new sponsor!

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  34. I am subscribed to you via email and I want to win because...wow! I had no idea about this! I need Veterycin!

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  35. I finally am signed up as an E-mail subscriber!! I could not figure this part "to Publish", but asked for help from my FB friends and folks came through!! I liked and have been following you on FB since I first saw a post. Congrats on the recent Award!! That is awesome, and so are you!
    Thanks again,
    Cheryl

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  36. Hi - I follow you on Networked Blogs & google connect & like you on Facebook(probably overdoing it), I liked Vetericyn on FACEBOOK & just picked up a brochure at my hardware/feed store. I need this stuff & it is pricey. Thanks for the tip on wrapping a chicken in a towel to calm them.....that will come in handy!

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  37. Thanks for all the great info you post! I am a follower on facebook and your blog as well.I would love to add
    Vetericyn Wound Spray to our first aid kit as I have some chickens with bumble foot and will be dealing with them all soon.

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  38. I have not tried vetercyn but have heard increadable reports how well it does on bumblefoot.It is a product that Id love to have in our first aid kit.

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  39. I'm so glad I found you Chicken Chick! I had my 1st chicken "emergency" & went to your web-site to get help to resolve it! Thank-you!!!

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  40. Hi - I follow you on networked blogs, google connect & facebook. Liked Vetericyn on FB & just picked up a brochure at my feed store last Friday. I need to win this stuff....I don't ever want to cut open a bumblefoot boo-boo!!!!

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  41. Hi this is Susan Farber Smith from Facebook. I follow you on Facebook and grit. I would like to win the vetericyn spray to get my emergency kit started. I have my bigger coop on lay a way and will put in the PVC feeders and all the items you suggest for the first aid kit, along with the 2 books you sell to see how to treat them and keep them healthy. Just takes money which is going for their new house

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  42. I subscribe through Google+ & I get them in my email (you can never have too much Chicken Chick ☺) I'd like to win the Vetericyn prize to use in my first aid kit. I hear a lot of great things abt. it.

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  43. I haven't started my chicken first aid kit. This would be a perfect start.

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  44. Oops! I subscribe via email and I follow you on FB. Just a part-time stalker!

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  45. Hi! I've been following you on Facebook and am now subscribed through Google. I would love to win the Vetericyn kit. With 2 dogs,1 cat, 1 rabbit, 4 chickens and 4 ducks this would be a great kit to have on hand! Keep the great information coming
    Rebecca

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  46. Vetercyn has been a big help healing lots of chicken and duck issues with out flocks. Bumblefoot and picked at spots on their head & wings..... The list is endless.

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  47. i follow through facebook and your email list.
    that vetericyn stuff works great but costs a lot, i use sparingly for easy applications and neosporin for deeper cuts (making sure there is no benzocaine in it.)
    my birds free range and get into much trouble. some of them are hard to catch to change their leg bands on time (use tiptoes) and the vetericyn works great to apply to tight legs to prevent infections.

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  48. I subscribe via email. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the Vetercyin. We have horses, chickens, cats, and dogs. I have used it on 2 wounds my dog had. One just would not heal until I used vetercyn on it, then I saw an improvement in 2 days. The second was a scratch my dog received from another dog. It was infected so I used vetercyn and in half a day you could notice an improvement. And I didn't have to take her to the vet like I thought I was going to have to do. Saved me lots of money! I have also used it on the horses with the same experience. I recommend vetercyn to any animal owner I know.

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  49. I've been a longtime follower of your blog through Facebook, but now I'm subscribed to follow you by email and I would love to win the Vetericyn prize package! I can't find this product anywhere in the area where I live, so I'd love to get totally fixed up for all my chickie and critter needs! :) Thanks and keep things like this coming!!!

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  50. I've been a long time follower of your blog on Facebook, but now I'm subscribed through email also. I love all the info you have offered up here! I'm not able to find Vetericyn anywhere near my area, so I'd love to win this prize package and get all my chickie and critter needs taken care of. Thanks again for all you do!

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  51. I'd like to win the Vetericyn goodies because I now have over 50 chickens and of course there is always a use for it for them. Thanks for the chance! I enjoy reading your posts.

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  52. I subscribe thru email! I love all the great information you give! So helpful! I would like to win the Vetercyn package because I use it with all my animals and it works great. I highly recommend it to all my chicken customers!

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  53. Esther Widgren9/12/12, 12:25 AM

    I need to get some Vetericyn for my chicken first aid box!

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  54. patricia butler9/12/12, 3:35 AM

    I get your blog thrum e-mail. I so love it. I would love to win the Vetericyn pack because I can use it on all my critters. 19 guinea fowl, 10 chickens, 3 cats, 1 dog, 1 horse, and a parrott. Thank you Chicken Chick for sharing your knowledge.

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  55. Hey Chicken Chick. I love your blog! AND FB page. Very informative & entertaining. I would love some Vetericyn spray.

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  56. Hey Chicken Chick. I love your blog & FB page. Very informative & entertaining. I sure would like to win the Vetericy package. Fingers crossed. : )
    Subscribed via Google

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  57. I subscribe through my reader and GFC. I would like to win b/c I already own a spray bottle of Vetericyn wound spray, and have used it for numerous things already. When I made my chicken first aid kit, it was one of the first things I bought to put in it. I liked them on FB also :)

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  58. Great information Kathy...You are always there for us so in case any of these things happen, we are prepared..love the Vetericyn products..used the Ophthalmic eye gel on all my Silkies when a bad respiritory went thru the flock..cleaned their eye goop like crazy..Would love to win this whole package..Thank you.. sheilsh locklear

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  59. Glad she is better!I have never dealt with a prolapse and hope never to but if it can happen it will with chickens.Love to try the Vetericyn but it is expensive,Does it really work? Also I'm new to all off this and am not sure if this is where i enter the drawing?I am all subscribed and have been watching you on facebook,you have a lot of great info!

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  60. Diane Jordan9/12/12, 4:23 PM

    I subscribed through email. I would like to win because I think my chickens need an emergency kit and I haven't seen Vetericyn in my neck of the woods! Thanks!

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  61. I am subscribed by email, on Google...I think, and on Facebook. I am a huge fan of The Chicken Chick! :) I would love to win the Veterwe're almost out of our bottleicyn pack for my chicks, dogs and tortoises! We just discovered how great this stuff is and our current bottle is almost gone.

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  62. I would really like to have this kit!! I think in case of a accident around the farm. or bubble foot or anything. This would be the stuff to get. I cant seem to find it around here. and I did find it a hour away. I would LOVE to have this!! And so would all my chickens!! :) Thanks again CHicken CHick for EVERYTHING you do!

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  63. Sara Prideaux9/12/12, 9:12 PM

    I am subscribed to your blog, and to be quite honest my hens are for some reason very accident prone so this spray would be awesome. My poor Naked Neck named Alein has had her front ripped open by a mystery attacker twice now, Bumble foot runs rampant, and I have had two prolapsed vents @_@ Who ever said raising chickens was easy is a lie'er. I hope your hen ended up being alright!

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  64. Informative post! and exactly why I'd love to win this prize...though I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place? this is the only comment area i see :/

    I'm subscribed (already was anyway) and a fan :)

    With the range of animals I have here these products always would come in handy and useful to help me help them :)

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  65. SO I have signed up via email and liked Vetericyn.. I read your blogs all the time since they have helped me so much with my chickens and even my ducks a time or 2.... I use Vetericyn on all my livestock here. I would like to win casue it's so expincive and it would save us some money here. :-)

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  66. It is always great to read your blog. I receive it by email so I don't have to worry about not finding a post later on. Thanks for sharing so much information. I would love to be able to add Vetericyn Wound & Infection spray & Vetericyn Hydrogel to my first aid kit!

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  67. Email & Facebook I would like to win because right now I do not have any products like this.

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  68. Email & Facebook I would like to win because right now I do not have any products like this.

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  69. I not only follow you on Facebook but I subscribed to your blog via email. I'd love to win Vetericyn so I,can have on hand for ALL my babies (chickens.) I just hope I don't have to use it often! You have so much informative information as well as entertaining. Thank you!

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  70. Sarah Armes9/12/12, 9:28 PM

    I hope I'm doing this right... But I want to enter to win the Vetericyn prize pack! I'm hoping to win so I can better take care of my little flock when boo-boos happen! And as a SAHM the budget it tight! Thank you! :)

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  71. Well, Im not sure how I found you, but through looking around and learning about chickens I found you. Enjoy reading your posts.

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  72. Wonderful article. I hope I don't have to deal with that.It's nice to know.

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  73. I would like to win this vetericyn prize package becauseI could use it in so many ways. I have 34 chickens of various ages and breeds including Silkie, Easter Egger, Red Star, White Leghorn, Jersey Giant, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Bantam Brahma, and Spangled Hamburg. I also have a very curious 2 year old gelding, Indy (Angel's Independance) who was born on the 4th of July. He is continually getting into something he shouldn't or getting in the way of the dominate mare, and gets into trouble. Then there's my 10 year old mare, Cherry, who is sweet, but tends to be a bit accident prone and gets stone bruises on her hooves. I have a Chihuahua,Diesel, who thinks he's a big dog and trys to act like a big dog. Then there is the actual big dog, Buck, our Black Lab Hound mix. He's 80 lbs of love who thouroughly enjoys wading and laying down in the creek, which floods quite regularly bringing in all types of debris. I would love to share this prize package with my good friend who has 2 Great Danes, Daisy and Zeus, they both are bundles of love who think they are people too.

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  74. Oh yes, I almost forgot, I am subscribed by email.

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  75. via email
    I could really use this because this year I went from a flock of 6 to 20 chickens + 3 ducks and I know it is only a matter of time till something unfortunate happens!

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  76. I am a lover of Vetericyn, but it is very hard to find at my local feed stores, and I always seem to use the last before I remember to order more. I would sure love to win this package and have that great supply on hand for all my animals.(chickens, ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, bunnies, goats, and llamas!) I am a follower of you through Google Connect, Networked Blogs and Facebook(of course). I love your page, your blog and all the wonderful information you have to share with us all. :)

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  77. I LOVE YOUR BLOG. It has one helped with my girls and also you have great info for newbies like me!

    Kujosmom914@yahoo.com

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  78. following on pinterest and I hope the day never comes that I have to perform this!

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  79. Thanks for the information and hopefully I will win the free product. Not sure if we can purchase this in Canada. Will have to watch for it.

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  80. Is this where we "COMMENT below telling me how you are subscribed and why you'd like to win."?
    I am subscribed through email :) I would love to win because one can NEVER have enough Vetericyn Wound & Infection spray. We started useing it MANY years ago on our hounds and have since used it on just about every animal on the farm. LOVE it and can not say enough great things about Vetericyn :)
    Thanks Kelly Walentiny

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  81. Is this where we "COMMENT below telling me how you are subscribed and why you'd like to win."?
    I am subscribed through email :) I would love to win because one can NEVER have enough Vetericyn Wound & Infection spray. We started useing it MANY years ago on our hounds and have since used it on just about every animal on the farm. LOVE it and can not say enough great things about Vetericyn :)
    Thanks Kelly Walentiny

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  82. Such great information and LOVE The product....

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  83. I subscribed by email. I would love to win just to have some if I ever need it!!

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  84. I am subscribed by email jenandshort@hotmail.com. For those just in cases. Because they always happen!

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  85. Commenting for the giveaway - I'm subscribing because I just found your blog/facebook page and love it! I found this giveaway so I'm entering because I am a newish chicken owner , just got my chicks in March and now they just started laying! So excited! Anyway, coincidentally I just started looking into a chicken First Aid kit and this was on my list!

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  86. great info, thanks for the pictures. Getting my chicken first aide kit ready this AM.

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  87. Poor Chick!!! Thanks for providing us with this info.... never know when you are going to need it!!

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  88. Poor Chick!!! Thanks for posting!! You never know when you are going to need this info!!

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  89. I am subscribed through email, and I would like to win since my on hand medical supplies are not as extensive as I would like!

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  90. I am subscribed through email, and I would like to win since my on hand medical supplies are not as extensive as I would like!

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  91. I am a new chicken mom and the supply store is always out of the spray. I could really use the prize package.

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  92. So sorry for poor Anna. Unfortunately, when prolapse happens it is likely to happen again... and again... and again. I don't know if you have a rooster and hatch your own eggs, but she should not be bred. Poor baby. I would like to win vetericyn because we have horses, goats, chickens, etc. that could all use a dab of it from time to time. Thanks so much!

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  93. Great article!! I subscribed with Google, I really love your super helpful articles!! Thanks for all your hard work!

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  94. This is a prize that everyone should have. You never know when you'll need it. Thanks for all of your helpful information.

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  95. Hi, thank you for the informative post. How long did it take to heal the prolapsed vent? Did you have to wash her rear every day? I had a hen prolapse and I kenneled her, put honey on the vent (this is supposed to be anti-swelling) and had to wash her am and pm. It was very messy and smelly! She didn't make it. It is good to know that they can heal from it.
    Also I get your blog via e-mail and face book and would love to be entered into the vetericyn giveaway. I have never used their product, but want to try it.

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  96. I receive your blog via email and I've been using Vetericyn on my pets and my family for months thanks to your recommendation. I would love to win the prize pack so that I can try the different products they offer that aren't carried by my feed store!
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  97. Thank you for the informative post. I had a hen with a prolapsed vent and I tried wash her bum and apply honey (anti-swelling properties) twice a day. But it was very smelly and messy. I kept her kenneled, but didn't withdraw food. She didn't end up making it. It is good to know they can recover from it!
    I get your blog updates via e-mail and face book. I would love to be entered into the vetericyn giveaway. I have never used their products, but have heard very good things about them and would love to try them.

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  98. I subscribed via email. I would love to win the Vetericyn because it would help me to be prepared in case of a chicken emergency. Thanks!

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  99. I'm subscribed via google. I would love some Vertricyn to have on hand for emergencies like this.

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  100. I am subscribed by google. I would love to try some vetrycin for chicken emergencies!

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  101. I am subscribed through google (I believe)I would love to win the first aid supplies because I don't really have any yet. I haven't had any need yet - but I am sure to at some point. My duck hurt her foot (tore off her toe nail) So far I have been washing it and keeping an eye on it - but I haven't put any product on it.

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  102. I did all 3 plus I am a member of this group. I would like to win this because I have nothing but bag balm for my girls and my Roo if they ever needed it.

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  103. I did all 3 plus I'm a member of this group. I would like to win this because I dont have anything for my chickens if needed.

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  104. Erin Ackerman9/13/12, 8:04 PM

    I'm subscribed by email and I'd like to win because I have several laying hens and have heard great things about Vetericyn but have never used it.

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  105. I am subscribed via Google Connect. I would like to win the prize package to add to my chicken first aid kit. Thanks so much for sharing the information on a prolapse vent. I hope I never run into it, but if I do I will be prepared.

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  106. I have been a follower of yours on Facebook for a while now. Love your tips, posts and stories. I try to pass along what I learn to my other friends and the kids in our 4H poultry group. I would love to win some Vetericyn as I consider it a Miracle remedy for many things. When nothing else works USE VETERICYN! I have used on a mauled chihuahua, duck and my goat as well as the kids. Hope I did this right.

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  107. Not sure if I'm supposed to comment here on contest or not??
    I'm subscribed by email and like you on FB. I would like to win because I am still learning something new every day about raising my girls (and dudes) and feathers fly all the time! lol

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  108. Subscribed to your blog via Google circles. I would love to have this kit in my "first aid box". They sound like excellent products and you know how it is with chickens, they get sick on holiday's and the day before you go on vacation! Love your blog and your FB site.

    "The Chicken Chick highly recommends Vetericyn!"


    Brenda

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  109. i follow you on networked blogs and love every post. With 30 birds and 8 horses, it is ALWAYS vital to have this product on hand. I LOVE it and it would be amazing to win some!

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  110. Seems I read these chicken care blogs multiple times, hoping i will not panic when the hens have health issues!
    I subscribe thru facebook! love your input! I have my first bottle of Vetericyn, did not know there were so many different products, only saw 4 at tractor supply and on line. Need to Win!!! thank you!

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  111. ("\(^v^)/") Thanks for all that you do...I follow you on facebook and here. I wanna win Because Vetericyn Is Awesome for so many things around the farm I have Rhea,Deer,Chickens,Dogs,Cats,Geese,Peafowl and Many other things...You never know what you'll run into ;)

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  112. I'm subscribed via email...I'd like to win the giveaway as I'm new to chicken keeping and want to work toward a well-stocked first aid kit!

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  113. I am subscribed to receive your blog emails. I'd like to win because these products look awesome and I'd like to try them on not only my chickens but also my rabbits, dogs, cats, and parrots! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  114. I am subscribed by email.

    I would love to have this in my emergency kit.

    asummersell at gmail.com

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  115. I'm subscribed via e-mail and I would LOVE to win! From your urgings, I have slowly been putting together a wonderful chicken care kit and have yet to be able to afford the Vetericyn! I hope I win! Thanks for your contests, they're fabulous!

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  116. I'm subscribed via e-mail. Thanks for this contest, I really want to win because, at your urging, I have slowly been putting together a fabulous chicken care kit. I hope to win the Vetericyn because it's been on the back burner due to expense. Thanks!

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  117. Thank you so much for all the great info I would love to have a wound kit so I can help my chickens also.

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  118. Thank you so much for all the great info I would love to have a wound kit so I can help my chickens also.

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  119. LOVE LOVE LOVE the great advice on caring for my flock of laying hens. Thanks so much for sharing pictures/experiences with us :)

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  120. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures/experiences wiht us! LOVE LOVE LOVE your site. :)

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  121. I would like to win the Vetericyn kit for my 13.5 year old hen, Ooey. She sometimes has eggie issues, and I have had to pull soft eggs from her vent. She is so sweet. She goes to the vet regularly.

    Please pick us :) Ooey would be grateful... and so would I.

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  122. Love vetercyn and follow by email. cherikaelin@aol.com

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  123. Kathy, I subscribe to your facebook page, and I enjoy it alot :) I would like to win this Vetericyn kit for my 13.5 year old, pet hen, Ooey. She sometimes has problems with soft eggies. She means the world to me. We would love to win something that would help her in the event she needs it :) Thanks for considering us.
    Lori Moreda, Tampa, FL

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  124. You can never have enough vetercyn keep it in the med cabinet and I just subscribe through Google also

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  125. Subscribed by e-mail & liked you on facebook. I have about 150 chickens, pheasants & ducks, and 1 turkey & always have need of one of the Vetericyn products!

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  126. This page shines as an example of how best the 'net can be used to help others, and the clear/consise manner in which good folks should serve that end.

    Care to know why I say this, and how I got here?

    A man posts a desperate plea for help on another forum. Somebody comes along, posting a response so as to bump it back to the top of the page, where I could then spot it. I post w/ too much information (sorta like I'm doin' here). And, while I was failing to convince one other to give him the help he needed? One more good-hearted person directs him here, where even a child could understand -- which I imagine spared that fella from having to explain to his own child why their beloved chicken is gone.

    So, thanks! (you probably saved a chicken today ~'-)

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  127. ourlittleblueshed11/24/12, 5:34 AM

    Woke up this morning to find our very feisty Leghorn with a prolapse, with broken shell stuck to it.  Your page was at the top of the Google search.  A very clear, calm summary of the subject, when, as you say, most advice is culling.

    Being in the UK, we used slightly different products - colloidial silver spray.  I share be braving the pharmacy counter later today to buy some Prep H though!

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  128. TheChickenChick11/24/12, 4:30 PM

    I hope it helped and she is well on her way to recovery!

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  129. chickens_goose_dogs12/12/12, 9:29 AM

    in the winter when there is no green grass can i give a little alfalfa to my chickens

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  130. TheChickenChick12/14/12, 1:03 AM

    Absolutely!

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  131. I dealt with a prolapsed vent in one of my hens this summer and handled similarly though more simply: I bathed the poor hen in the utility sink in the garage, gently patted dry the affected area and applied an herbal salve (specifically Eden Salve from Bulk Herb Store dot com). Then I popped my little patient into solitary confinement in a dog crate with fresh litter and set her up on our deck. Next day her angry red tissues were a much gentler pink. I gave her another quick wash, applied another layer of salve and back into the crate. Next day you could not even tell there had been a problem. No veterinary supplies, no Prep. H, not even gloves... just sayin, because folks often find themselves having to work with what they have, or rather do not have.

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  132. Candyce Jack3/3/13, 9:41 PM

    Thank you for the great post.  The information was clear and gave me the exact information I needed.  Now we will wait and see.

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  133. I just lost one of my hens to this 4 days ago. I tried doing these things and it looked like she was fine so I put her back with the others after 2 1/2 days. She died later that same day. It's too late for Athena, but I'm wondering what I did wrong? This is the 2nd time I've lost a hen to a prolapsed vent. :(

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  134. TheChickenChick3/27/13, 11:47 PM

    I'm sorry to hear it, Ana. :( You'll have to assess the risk factors to see if there is anything you can do to avoid the problem (such as not lighting young pullets). It's not always a condition that can be avoided. :(

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  135. I had a chick a few days old that had a prolapsed vent. I would bath her and replace the tissue and apply preparation H several times a day. I kept hoping she would grow out of it. I could not find any information on tiny chicks with this problem. I did this every day for 2 1/2 months, keeping her in the house and bathing her every other day and soaking her bottom in Epsom salt baths. I was getting to the point that I thought I was going to have to put her out of her misery. It seemed very difficult and painful for her to poop. After a bath one day I reached into the bathroom drawer for the preparation H and noticed some Anusol HC suppositories that I had. I thought, what the heck, I am going to try it. I cut it into 1/4ths and pushed it way up in her. After about 4 or 5 days doing this the tissue started staying in place and her feathers stayed clean. I am so happy she has been well for 4 weeks and has gained so much weight, I can't tell the difference between her and her brooder mates now. She has now joined the flock and is thriving!

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  136. Andrea C. A. Stroud8/6/13, 7:13 AM

    What does "lighting" the pullet mean?

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  137. TheChickenChick8/6/13, 1:44 PM

    Andrea, that refers to providing supplemental light in the coop, which I discuss here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/supplemental-light-in-coop-why-how.html

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  138. Wow. Thank you so much. As a first time chicken owner I was horrified to see this in chookie Amelia! We live in the far SE corner of Australia (Mallacoota) and our nearest vet is an hour's drive away. Google led me to your site and the step by step instructions and photos for dealing with Amelia's prolapsed vent were invaluable. It's now been three days and so far, so good! Thank you again, Jenny

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  139. TheChickenChick8/19/13, 12:30 PM

    I'm so happy to know that she is on the mend, Jenny!

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  140. Thank you for an informative and well written post! I have been following these steps for 2 days and my girl is looking so much better!

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  141. I'm a newbie and one of my hens developed this. Per another site's directions, last weekend I gave her an Epsom salt bath for ookiness and noted the prolapse then. After a short soak I was able to guide things back in (it seemed the natural thing to do). However, we saw a smaller recurrence the next day. I appreciate the detailed treatment instructions and photos here so I can proceed further. Kudos!

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  142. very informative, thank you. Sadly we culled one of our hens as we found her in the yard with a huge prolapse. i have never seen anything like it! i did notice every now and again the same hen previously with droppings stuck to her.i just thought they were stuck on her feathers so never got too close to check. i will in the future however suss out stuck on poop so we don't have another prolapse catastrophe like our poor henny did.

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  143. TheChickenChick10/20/13, 10:16 PM

    Sad, Erica. I'm sorry to hear it.

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  144. Christine Bussler11/13/13, 5:08 PM

    I just love this website! I am a vet tech but hadn't dealt with chickens much. Now I have 10 and learn something new every day!

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  145. Denise Allison Magil11/14/13, 1:29 AM

    great info thank you

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  146. This is SUPER helpful! I lost a chicken to prolapsed vent this summer and I am so grateful to have this very helpful tutorial.

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  147. well done, great share! 'p

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  148. TheChickenChick11/14/13, 7:13 PM

    I'm happy to know that it helped, Nancy!

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  149. therealjeaniebeanie11/15/13, 11:23 PM

    This is wonderful, thank you. I hope I never need to use this.

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  150. TheChickenChick11/15/13, 11:39 PM

    I hope you never need it too.

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  151. When you leave hen in crate how much food do you give her if any? Do you let her out at all in the 24 hour period of darkness? Thank you!!

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  152. TheChickenChick11/18/13, 7:56 PM

    She needs a big enough space to walk around and poop as well as a separate space for her food and water. Leave her a full dish of each.

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  153. TheChickenChick11/18/13, 7:57 PM

    No, it does not stop them from molting whatsoever. I do not recommend forced molting at all.

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  154. I just found my little girl with a prolapse this morning. I remembered some of the imformation you discussed and went on my motherly instinct. I washed the area and applied a warm compress to the area. The majority of the tissue has receded, but the poor girl still is swollen. I will apply Prep H and Vetericyn later today. I think your idea of putting her in the dark is excellent.

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  155. TheChickenChick11/20/13, 9:40 AM

    Good luck with her. Keep me posted.

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  156. I went home to check on her at lunch and so far so good. The area is just a little pink, but everything has stayed in. I put some Prep H on her bum and she gladly accepted it. I hope she doesn't lay an egg today for her sake. Love my Feed Store! The people there are so helpful and they have everything I need for my peeps.

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  157. I have been searching to the world wide web for frostbitten prolapsed vents. Not an easy thing to find. One of my girls (a 6 month old) suffered all night with this in the 18 degree temps and was found the next morning with icicles hanging off her backside. The tissue that was exposed was already black. I tried to administer all the aid I could to her but, after day #2 in the house, the area started to turn green. We had to help her go on & cross that rainbow bridge. :-( It was my first experience with a prolapsed vent. Hopefully my last. Anyone else out there been exposed to this situation? Can anything be done to rejuvenate frostbitten insides exposed to the elements?

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  158. TheChickenChick12/24/13, 1:17 PM

    Very sad, Jill. The oviduct is very sensitive tissue and I cannot imagine frostbite happens very often, but when it does, there really isn't much you can do. The infection risk is just too great. Sorry for your loss. :(

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  159. Shawnell Katelynne Frady2/9/14, 6:41 PM

    I have a hen with this right now and she's my favorite pet and I was told "Sadly, once they prolapse, they tend to do it again & again. I haven't had one since I was first into chickens but we ended up having to put her down as it happened daily. Now, I wouldn't even try as I feel it is stressful for them and laying is a daily affair. :(

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  160. Your link to "follow instructions at this link to carefully bandage/diaper as described " appears to be broken. My Dahlila seems to have this problem / vent gleet as of yesterday. She's now inside and I'm doing my best with darken crate, warm Epsom soaks, antibacterial cream, Prep H, olive oil and ACV water and a little yogurt w/ smashed garlic. So far, the vent won't stay in but we're on day 1 of the struggle. Any encouragement/thoughts helpful! :-)

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  161. I did find this one though: http://www.littlehenrescue.co.uk/Pages/Medicaladvice.aspx
    :-)

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  162. Thanks for the prolapsed vent info and the photos. Happened to one of our hens tonight and it was really helpful. I hope she will be OK.

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  163. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 10:30 AM

    I'm glad to know it helped! Best wishes to your girl for a full recovery.

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  164. Lisa Sutton Killian3/6/14, 7:13 PM

    Anna is beautiful. I have an Anna also, she's an Easter Egger.

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  165. Denise Allison Magil3/6/14, 9:33 PM

    i have 2 of my girls in and its gonna be a long road they are still laying everyday room dark not on layers feed ? rather they didnt lay concentrate the energy to healing the tissue damage

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  166. TheChickenChick3/7/14, 8:40 PM

    Don't try to catch them, Jayne. Go into the coop after dark and do what you have to do with a flashlight and a partner! It will be MUCH easier in temperate weather, I promise!

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  167. TheChickenChick3/8/14, 4:16 PM

    I'd skip the yogurt as it can cause digestive upset and get some probiotics intended for chickens. Most feed stores carry it now. If you're giving her probiotics, I'd skip the ACV.

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  168. Dennis Doyle3/10/14, 2:35 PM

    good info Kathy thanks!!

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  169. Margarita Blair3/20/14, 5:06 PM

    I recently purchased 7 laying hens that were gorgeous, but I soon found out looks can be deceiving. They have been pecking each other's vents, and some look really bad. Can The victims be treated and recover to lay again or should I cull them all?

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  170. TheChickenChick3/22/14, 1:10 AM

    You need to separate each injured bird from the flock and each other and treat them with an antiseptic several times daily. They will recover if cared for properly.

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  171. Margarita Blair3/22/14, 5:34 PM

    They were separated as soon as their injuries were noticed, but I wasn't so optimistic about the victims recovering or laying. I used the antiseptic as you suggested...I will keep you posted.

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  172. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:27 PM

    Yes, check out this article on my blog and use the divided brooder as shown. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/how-to-reform-brooder-bully.html

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  173. Hi - i think one of my chooks may have a prolapsed vent but i can't be sure. The protrusion seems to be happening when she's pooping ( quite watery ) and she looks to be struggling to pass it, and is turning her head right around to the protrusion so it's obviously bothering her. I first noticed it yesterday morning and again this morning. Then it seems to recede when she's finished. She seems quite happy generally but i'm not sure if i should be treating as a prolapsed vent ?

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  174. TheChickenChick4/17/14, 5:24 PM

    It does not sound like you're describing a prolapsed uterus.

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  175. Larry Mysliwiec4/22/14, 4:36 PM

    My hen same as Anna has a prolapse. I cleaned, sprayed on Vetericyn, and applied Prep H. I did get the tissue back in, but came back out. Is it possible to have it not do that?
    I have that health book, and have read up. Just don't know how to keep tissue in. Also she is not eating too much.

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  176. TheChickenChick4/23/14, 10:14 PM

    You would need to have it sewn in place by a vet, Larry.

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  177. I have a New Hampshire Red that seems sluggish and has had watery tail feathers paired with a bit of pasty butt. My husband managed to clean her up a bit, but today when I was watching her, I noticed a bulging vent. I'd been treating her water with VetRx since it started. I appreciate so much your pics/instructions on this. I brought her into the house and did exactly as you showed in your blog. The towel worked very well to calm her. I used Blue-Kote (the only thing I had on hand) as well as Cortisone cream (same active ingredient as Prep-H). It seemed like it helped. I'll be watching her for a few days before taking her back to the flock. Her vent looked more like a bulge than anything actually coming out, so I don't know if it's really a prolapse or not. But I didn't want to take any chances.

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  178. TheChickenChick4/25/14, 11:35 PM

    It doesn't sound like a prolapsed uterus to me- they are unmistakable.

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  179. Thank you so much for your information. I went to let my chickens out this morning and found a prolapse. Not pleasant. Your information saved her life. I think she will be alright now.

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  180. My husband just found one of our girls dying this morning, and based on the poop stuck to her behind, it looks like it was due to a prolapsed vent. I remember reading this back when we first got chicks and this article pretty much confirmed it. Thank you for the resource. I only wish we had noticed the issue sooner.

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  181. Hi Kathy, one of our chicks (three week old silver laced Wyandotte, Rosie) has what looks like a prolapsed rectum. Do you treat chicks the same way? We don't have her separated from the flock, as no one is picking on her, and she is not bleeding, but we have been giving her baths frequently and putting olive oil on her bottom, which seems to make her more comfortable for a while. (She would peck her on butt). She isn't constipated, but when she poops, she screams and pecks at the poop, trying to get it out. There is grit in the brooder, and I have seen her eat, drink and eat grit, but it doesn't seem to help. She tends to wait until there is only a few chicks at the feeds before she eats. Rosie is the most timid out of the six we have, and the smallest. What would you recommend we do?

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  182. I hope she is okay!

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  183. Sad, Kim. I'm very sorry to hear it. :(

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  184. We have a hen and she had it to

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  185. Kathy - thanks for all you do, you are a wonder. I was saddened to hear of your recent loss. My condolences.


    I found our year-old Wyandotte with a messy butt today, and a wee bit of blood from the vent. Cleaned her, and found no obvious sign of prolapse. Vent looked good. She is otherwise healthy, laid an egg yesterday. Do these things (dirty butt and a bit of blood) sometimes "just happen" with no other underlying cause for worry, or should I be looking for more?


    Thanks in advance, Curt

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  186. Hi Curt. Sometimes diarrhea is the result of the disruption of the normal flora in the digestive system, which can be reestablished by using probiotics in the water. Other times, it can be a sign of illness or internal parasites such as worms.

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  187. Curtis Gilker5/16/14, 9:20 AM

    Thanks Kathy - it has taken a turn for the worse - she has become severely prolapsed, and I found a lesion in her GI tract. She is secluded, in the dark, and I am treating her with antibiotics. Hoping for the best now...

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  188. I'm sorry to hear it, Curtis. If you cannot get her to a vet, the kindest thing to do is likely the hardest. She has got to be in pain and the likelihood of a recurrence is extremely high even if she were to pull through eventually. :(

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  189. How did you "find a lesion in her GI tract" short of an endoscopy?

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  190. Curtis Gilker5/17/14, 1:36 PM

    I am not 100% sure where the GI tract ends and the vent begins, but there was definitely something scab-like inside her. When she prolapses, I can see it. I have been gently trying to detach it, and it appears to be diminished in size. It hurts her, even when I am very gentle. I am treating it with antibiotics, both topical and oral, and a sugar solution to decrease swelling. She seems almost back to normal, except for a whitish fluid leaking from her vent while I find on her tail feathers each time I clean her. I don't know what it is, though.

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  191. Curtis Gilker5/17/14, 1:38 PM

    Yes, a bit day-to-day now, Will talk with my vet again in a few days. We were there Thursday, and I am giving it a few days to improve first. Thanks again for your thoughts.

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