I noticed one of my ameraucana hens stretching her neck up excessively. On examining her, I found that her crop was huge and hard. I brought her inside, gave her water and left her for the night. In the morning, her crop hadn't emptied and was just as large. She only pooped a small amount. She isn't drinking a lot on her own, so I've been giving her syringes of water and massaging her crop, but it is so hard that I have been able to make little progress. It feels like there is grass or straw in her crop.
I read several posts about tube feeding, as well as this one on treating an impacted crop:
I am considering trying the Dulcolax and using a feeding tube to get her more fluids, but I have a few questions:
How much water should I give her at a time?
How much water does she need for the Dulcolax to be effective?
Can I reasonably expect to be able to clear the impaction if it is all grass or other vegetation with non surgical methods?
I do have an avian vet I can bring her to, and if I cannot help her in the next few days, I will do so, but if I can treat at home, I prefer to do that. Prior to this she has been eating and laying normally.