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Ex-bat - prolapse - 'panic'

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Searched on here and found some info - link to FAQs doesn't seem to go to FAQs - so please bear with me. One post mentioned bandaging but couldn't find info.

Just feeding hens when noticed Bossie was 'missing' found in eglu - small (few drops) amount of blood on bars - but rear end bloody.

Removed her (so not pecked) - cleaned her up - not as bad as I first thought (think it must have only just happened) - prolapse went back in easily when eased back with cleaning sponge - but vent was staying open.

She has always had a weak/slightly leaking vent.

So in cat box in utility room with water (no food) - is there anything more I can do ? Would hate to lose her (mine are primarily pets) BUT hate to think of her suffering unnecessarily.

Thanks, H

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She's just laid a 'shell-less' egg (whole yolk plus white blob - but no shell). She has done this once or twice before - months ago.

She perked up a bit and had a drink - then went quiet again. I think she is worn out trying to pass this 'egg'

The good (short term) news is, her vent looks much more normal.

Long term - who know's. Obviously will take to vet if I think she is suffering and needs to be PTS - but I'm not sure the vet can do much ? Always very helpful but not an avian specialist.

They have good quality pellets, with poultry spice and egg shell improver and Zolcal-D - so not sure I can get any more Calcium into her ?


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Give her some NutriDrops and keep her quiet over night, see how she is in the morning. Generally speaking, if the prolapse is smaller than the top joint of your thumb, then it will probably stay in. Any bigger and it is likely to pop out when she next lays. You'll need to keep an eye on her, because if the others see it, they will peck her out.

I'm sorry - prolapses can be tricky.

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11 hours ago, mullethunter said:

I don’t have any evidence for this but it strikes me that no shell at all is something different to not enough calcium ...

Possibly a shell gland malfunction. My first questions when I hear about this are:

  • How old is the hen?
  • When was she last wormed with Flubenvet/tested for worm eggs?
  • What are they fed on.

Those usually give you the answer.



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Hi - thanks.

Hen is ex-bat we got from BHWT Dec 2019 - so probably about 2 years old.

Last wormed with Flubenvet about 2 months ago

Fed on Dodson & Horrell Layers pellets. I add Battles Poultry spice, limestone flour and starting about a month ago Zolcal-D.

She usually lives with 5 other ex-bats - if they had seen the blood they would almost certainly pecked it and made it a whole lot worse.

I am keeping her in a dog crate in the utility room for a few days to keep an eye on her. She emptied her water bowl overnight, seems perky but not obviously eating, so I'll give her some Nutridrops this afternoon. She might have to become a house chicken and just free range with the others when I can keep an eye on things.

Thanks for all your advice and support, H

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