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My chicken suffered from doughy crop about 2 months ago and healed fine but two days ago I noticed that her crop is HUGE and really soft. At first I thought it was sour crop but I got her to vomit a little and it didn't smell bad, just like food and water. Her crop is still half full in the mornings. She seems fine but is drinking more than usual. What is this? 

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Help Please! Her crop is getting bigger and bigger!
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What exactly does she eat every day including treats and feed? Does she have any other symptoms? Crop problems can accompany other illnesses which slow things down. There also can be blockage lower down in the GI tract. Tumors can form in the crop from viral diseases such as Mareks and others. 

Two Crows knows a lot about crop problems, and some use crop bound capsules, which basically are stool softeners, such as doccusate sodium (Colace.) The dosage is two (I would open them.) Some also use acidified copper sulfate 1/4 tsp per gallon of water for a couple of days. If feeding her whole grains, stop, and use soft foods such as plain yogurt, egg, and watery feed. You might even want to withhold her food for one day, and give only water with electrolytes and vitamins, massage it often, then see if it empties. 

Here are some links that might help:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html

http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/digestive-problems/index.aspx

http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues-html/

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What exactly does she eat every day including treats and feed? Does she have any other symptoms? Crop problems can accompany other illnesses which slow things down. There also can be blockage lower down in the GI tract. Tumors can form in the crop from viral diseases such as Mareks and others. 
Two Crows knows a lot about crop problems, and some use crop bound capsules, which basically are stool softeners, such as doccusate sodium (Colace.) The dosage is two (I would open them.) Some also use acidified copper sulfate 1/4 tsp per gallon of water for a couple of days. If feeding her whole grains, stop, and use soft foods such as plain yogurt, egg, and watery feed. You might even want to withhold her food for one day, and give only water with electrolytes and vitamins, massage it often, then see if it empties. 
Here are some links that might help:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html
http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/digestive-problems/index.aspx
http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues-html/
She eats grass throughout the day as well as her normal feed and some occasional sunflower seeds or cracked corn. i withheld food for a day but nothing has really changed, i don't really want to give stool softeners because she already has very watery green stool and i dont want to make it worse. her stool has been like this since about 2 months. i've been giving her antifungal/antibiotic medicine daily but her crop is still very soft and full. Would it help to flush her with water with a tube? i'm just a bit scared because her crop is already so full and I don't want to make it bigger. she doesn't seem lethargic.
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