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Hello, I'm Dr. Bob. I'm sorry to read of the problem you're having with your hens. Cloacal prolapses may result when hens start laying too young, become overweight, or produce over-sized eggs. Do you think any of these might be the cause of the prolapses?
Okay, thank you. Are the affected brown hens showing exposed cloacal tissue now?
Thank you. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I've been offline while at supper. When hens seem to blow out their insides, usually they've been showing some prolapsed tissue and another bird or birds peck at the red exposed "target". It's important to get the tissue back inside. You can help them recover by coating the exposed tissue with hemorrhoid ointment (Preparation H) daily for several days. This should shrink the tissue and cause it to retract. If you haven't wormed and treated for coccidian in the past several months, that would be a good idea. Your local farm or feed supply store should be able to offer worming and anti-coccidial products effective for those parasites common to your area. if your birds are getting fat, you can cut back on feed and offer more lower calorie foods like veggies. Hopefully, you're through the worst, and things will get back to normal soon, but if you should have any further questions, I'll be happy to answer them for you. Kind regards, *****