Thank you for detailing the signs and symptoms of an impacted crop! I was trying to figure out why my hen has lost a lot of weight. Since her crop doesn't feel hard or smell sour, then I assume impaction isn't the cause. However, I was wondering how long it should take for a full crop to become empty? I am force feeding her parrot mash (with Nutri-drench) and she sometimes eats a bit of crumbled egg yolk on her own. Her crop is definately getting emptier in between feedings, but I was wondering if it is getting completely emptied...
Edited by JestersEye - 8/19/09 at 11:12am
What should an empty crop feel like? (What size is the organ itself?) I have given her some olive oil and massaged the crop, just to make sure everything is moving smoothly. At it's smallest, her crop has been about the size of a golf ball... only soft and squishy. Is that normal? After a feeding session, it gets filled to about the size of a plumb or tennis ball. We tried to judge by feeling another hen and rooster of the same breed to see how much they naturally filled their crops, after a day of foraging.
How often should a chicken fill their crop in a day? I'm trying to put weight on this hen, because her breatbone is very apparant. She must have been losing her appetite gradually, but never acted noticeably lethargic. Finally, we realized something was wrong when her comb got all limp and fell over to one side of her face. (She has a large comb for a hen because she's a Blue Andalusian.) Are there any other ways to put weight on a sick bird? She's obviously stressed because she pants almost all the time, even though she's been in the house since yesterday.