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Hey guys, let me start off by saying that this is my first day on Backyard Chickens. But, I've had birds for years. My problem is, that we just got 7 new hens, 5 Red Star, and 2 RIR. The RIR have been with us for closer to a month, but the Red Star are still pretty new, less than a week with us. Well, I noticed last night both of my RIR had squishy, stinky crops. I of course assumed sour crop, because it's actually not the first time I had noticed this in both of their crops, quarantined them for the night, and this morning crops had emptied. For the past week or so this is the case. It has happened with some of the Red star too. Is this common? This is probably a silly newbie question, but I'm just not sure what it happening here anymore.
post #2 of 9

Welcome to BYC :frow Glad you joined the flock! Before we can advice, we need a bit more info. What are you feeding your hens? Do they get any treats (non-chicken food like table scraps etc)? Do they have access to grit/soil/outdoors? 

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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I feed them 22% layer pellets. There's always granite grit available in the coop, but they free range during the day, so outside grit is available, but they get no treats. Just pellets and whatever they eat in the yard. I haven't ever had this problem in the 3 years I've been doing this. Im just lost.
post #4 of 9

O.K. let's hear what @TwoCrows thinks. She's the crop expert here :)

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #5 of 9

Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Crops are supposed to be full during the day and especially at roosting time. Generally they will stuff themselves heavily before bed time so the bird has enough calories to get through the night. So if you feel a crop at roosting time, it should be pretty full. Some birds go to bed with a thick feeling crop, others will feel loose and squishy. 

 

It takes anywhere from 4 to 8 hours for a crop to fully empty, depending on what the bird has eaten and if it needs to stop over in the gizzard to be ground down a bit more. However a crop should be fully empty EVERY morning. If you feel crops first thing in the morning before the birds have eaten or drank any water, the crops should all be flat to the breast. If there is something in them, there is a problem.

 

So all this being said, you can never judge a crop during the day. Some will be empty, some will be squishy and some may even have a smell depending on what the bird has eaten. The ONLY time you can judge a crop is first thing in the morning, period. The bird needs to eat and drink all day long and crops will feel funky all day long. But they should be completely empty every morning and if your birds are emptying their crops each morning, there isn't much to worry about.

 

BUT...good crop and intestinal health starts with good bacteria and a healthy immune system. So you might offer up probiotics in the water once a week and some Apple Cider Vinegar once a week as well. Remove and clean out all waterers 24 hours later after offering these up. And always use plastic waterers for either of these. These two practices will help immune systems stay pumped up and good bacteria all throughout to ward off toxins and pathogens that can harm your birds. 

 

And if you do this regular enough, should they still turn up with a crop issue, most likely it is due to some other health issue such as egg binding, internal laying, reproductive cancer or some other internal affair that is slowing the entire digestive system down enough their crops are not emptying. 

 

So keep checking those crops! I am a crop checker...everybody gets a feel first thing in the morning. The faster you catch these things, the more likely you will save the bird.

 

Good luck and let us know if you are still having issues with your birds! 

 

Welcome to our flock! :-)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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post #6 of 9

Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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post #7 of 9

2 Crows  has given you the straight talk,   so I will just  say   Welcome to Backyard chickens,  so glad you joined the flock :ya

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post #8 of 9
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Thanks everyone for your help. 3 years in and still Learning something everyday. Good to hear from everyone!
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Thanks everyone for your help. 3 years in and still Learning something everyday. Good to hear from everyone!

The learning never stops. My birds teach me something new every day! Ha! But seriously, you can never know everything and there is SO much to know.

Enjoy your flock! :-)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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