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Prolapsed vent

PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:53 pm
by Egluntyne
Adele Hall, Lancashire co-ordinator at the British Hen Welfare Trust has provided the following guidelines which have worked for her.

This treatment is intended for prolapses that have just occurred and
there is no sign of infection (blackening or discharge in the prolapse
area) and the hen is otherwise eating and drinking normally.

Please note:
It does not replace the advice of a good vet and some prolapses may still need a
stitch inserting by a qualified vet if they do not stay in or the owner
is not confident trying this method. The treatment requires a lot of
monitoring and care and is not intended for owners who have to leave
their hens for long periods of time e.g. if they go out to work all day.

First of all - try and take her off lay - just give her mixed corn,
ensure she has plenty of water and take her off pellets/mash. Put her in
a dark place to discourage her from trying to lay too.

The prolapse may well stay in without the bandage after the first
insertion below (suggest try around 3 times before going to the bandage
stage) so give her a period of ten minutes or so between attempts to see
if the prolapse stays in place.

Attached is a photo of what turned out to be the very successful cure
for Hermione in early 2009 who, in April 2010 is still running around my
garden. It is not pretty (haemorroid cream etc showing) but I made a
sling from self adhesive stretchy horse bandage (although ordinary
stretchy bandage with a safety pin to secure the two ends would do too)
with a small horizontal slit big enough for her droppings to go through
but it held in the cleaned up prolapse. I first of all very gently
pushed the prolapse back inside the hen using the flat of a gloved
finger smeared with haemorroid cream, gently but continually pushingagainst the prolapse.

Be VERY VERY gentle – she will try and help you
when she realises what you are doing. Once the prolapse has gone back
inside the hen, the sling is wrapped around her bottom, with the pre-cut
slit against her vent and then taken under her wings and tied around her
neck (IMPORTANT - not too tight or you may cut off her blood supply -
you are just looking for light support). The hen obviously hated it and
I took it off her for respites every couple of hours and put more cream
in and around her vent area - especially if she still insists on laying
which Hermione did - but it worked after about a week or so of intensive


Re: Prolapsed vent

PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 12:19 pm
by Snowy