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Sour Crop

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I just wanted to share some information that helped me when I discovered my RIR was sick. On Monday I noticed she wasn't acting herself. She was sitting and hiding a lot. Her comb was very floppy (usually stands up straight) and was discolored (bluish purple in color). I picked her up to examine her closer and when I went to put her back on the ground she "threw up" water. That's when I noticed the squishy crop. It felt like a big water balloon. Sour crop!

First thing Tuesday morning I went out and bought Monistat 3. I read on another BYC post this worked for them (as sour crop is a form of yeast infection) and I was willing to give it a try. Cut each pill in thirds and feed a third to your chicken each morning and evening until all 9 pieces are done. I also separated her from the rest of the flock just so she couldn't eat the chicken feed. I put ACV in her water and fed her plain yogurt and scrambled eggs for two days. On the third day I added a little wet/mashed chicken feed. Unfortunately I had a vacation planned already so by day four I needed to leave. But by then I noticed she was doing better so I left her out with the rest of the flock with access to their normal feed and hoped she would do well. When I returned on Sunday she was scratching and pecking, drinking. Her comb was standing straight and it was back to a bright red color.

I really think catching it early helped. I can't stress enough how important it is to observe your flock regularly so you can spot a problem quickly.

I am so happy my girl is back to herself!!
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Great, thanks!  How common is sour crop?

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Originally Posted by Ameraucanas View Post

Great, thanks!  How common is sour crop?

Im not sure how common it is. It's when they eat something (usually very tall grass) that is unable to digest and then sits in the crop and ferments. I've had chickens for about 5 years now and this was my first case.
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