Attention! This is a potentially life-threatening condition for your bird and/or flock. Time is of the essence, contact your veterinarian immediately.Find me a Vet
Cloacal prolapse is an emergency reproductive condition that can occasionally occur when a hen is laying an egg. It is defined as the presence of prolapsed cloacal tissue outside of the hen's body. The condition is usually caused by excessive straining by the hen to lay an egg, brought on by a number of factors, including poor nutrition, concurrent disease, or the presence of an abnormally large or defective egg.
When cloacal prolapse occurs, it is important that it is recognized early, as one of the biggest concerns is the potential damage caused by other flock members, if they notice the exposed tissue. Chickens have a tendency to peck at things that are shiny, new or red in color, such as blood and inflamed tissue.
Isolate the bird from the flock and place in a safe, comfortable, warm location (your own chicken "intensive care unit") with easy access to water and food. Limit stress.
Gently wash the tissue with luke warm, running water and saline solution, followed by an antiseptic rinse. Blot dry with a clean, soft towel.
Apply a lubricant (honey, Prep H, K-Y gel, or activated yeast gel) to the prolapsed tissue using a Q-tip.
If the tissue has not been damaged or potentially contaminated
Using a fresh pair of gloves, gently push the prolapsed tissue back into the hen's vent. Place your finger over the vent for 30-60 seconds. Relocate the hen to a warm, comfortable, isolated area. Check back in 30 minutes to see whether the prolapsed tissue remains inside the bird. If it has pushed back outside of her body, you will need to take her to your veterinarian.
If the tissue has been damaged or badly contaminated
Call your veterinarian immediately.
May be recommended by your veterinarian for hens with recurrent prolapses.