Q. Born 8/17/05 received the chicks at 9:30 a.m. on August 18th. The chickens were on the medicated start and grown feed from Southern States. In the middle of December I started giving them 1/2 start & grow and half of the laying pellets/corn mixture, since they were 4 months old. I was told that giving them 1/2 and 1/2 for a couple weeks wouldn’t be such a shock to their system. Well the first egg was laid on January 2nd, so I quit the start/grow and they’ve had the laying pellets/corn mixture ever since January 3rd. The other day I was told to quit giving them the corn, only give it to them occasionally. So I did that. I did have a light on them when they were growing up to keep them warm. I did the step down method of reducing their temperature by 5° per week, until it was regular room temperature. The light was on all the time to retain their heating temperature, so I don’t know if that’s what you mean by “extended day lengths during growing period”, or not. They are definitely not FAT chickens. I still have the one chicken out there that’s separated in a cage. The prolapsed part of it seems too healed up some, but now she’s just oozing poop. I guess since her track has been messed up, now the poop doesn’t come out right. I guess maybe the muscles and all that are right now. I don’t know. Well that’s all I have for now, thanks for your help. Talk to you soon, Julie
A. I found some info on the web regarding prolapsed chickens… especially in regards to young pullets laying large eggs. Here it is, copied and pasted:
Occasionally hens can suffer from a prolapsed oviduct. In this condition the end of the reproductive tract is pushed inside out and protrudes from the vent (cloaca). Often the cause is a very large egg in a young hen, and the prolapse is caused by straining. Obesity (excess fat) and early sexual maturity contribute to this condition. Common causes of early sexual maturity are increasing day lengths during the growing period, obesity and switching to the laying ration too early. To prevent obesity in pullets, monitor their body weight and condition. Restrict their energy intake if they are putting on too much fat.
As soon as a prolapse is spotted, gently clean and push the prolapse back, then allow the bird to recover alone in a quiet safe place. The condition often recurs, so euthanasia is generally a sensible option.