Originally Posted by Miss Ameraucana
Please help! This is Hawk. She's a sweet and gentle Easter Egger....she's had sour crop. I've treated it with Chlortrazole for several days now. About a week. It seems like even when the swelling goes down there's still food that won't move out. As soon as she eats with the others she swells back up again...the medicine reduces the swelling but the little "seeds" that's what it feels like won't move on through. I'm feeding her very little. Obviously she can't go like this for too long. It's as if there's a blockage....that won't allow it to pass I can feel something in there that feels bigger than seed size. I gave her 2 scrambled eggs yesterday one in morning one last night. She's eating drinking and moving around great. I'm thinking before she's at the point of dieing trying to cut open her crop and try to dislodge the obstruction..I've heard of birds making it through such a "surgery" and I've heard of them dieing in the middle of it.
I thought I'd ask my pals first b4 going elsewhere. Any advise, ideas,? She's my special girl and I love her a whole lot. Yes, they all are, but we always have our favorites and she's one of mine. ❤️😔
If you've ever examined the crop and esophagus during butchering, it takes a pretty big "something" to block the crop.
Like Ravyn suggested, stop feeding solids and feed only soft/semiliquid foods. Yogurt is great.
Withhold food and water for at least four hours, then offer olive oil. From canned tuna or sardines is really tempting. Try to get her to sip 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon.
Let that settle for 30 minutes or so and see if things improve. If the crop is now, after witholding food and water, not too full, proceed to massage.
Starting at the bottom of the crop, move down a finger width. Use thumb and two fingers to gently surround the esophagus, then massage upward. Don't force, just repeat. If she shows pain, let her rest a few minutes and try again.
I would spend quite a bit of time trying to work this out first. She may have swallowed a piece of gravel too big to pass. And that's pretty big.
If you have to do crop surgery, with the crop full of liquids it will likely be fatal. The crop has to be dry. Avoid surgery if you can because the nutritional needs of an adult chicken will make it challenging to do without sutures. Babies are a lot easier.