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Something stuck in crop? Is there a way to help her?

post #1 of 10
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Hi all... I have a 3-year-old RIR hen who seems to have something stuck in her crop. Her crop area and throat are protruding, and she is visibly uncomfortable--standing in one spot and shaking her head/twisting her neck repeatedly. The first day we found her drinking water voraciously and dribbling it all down her chest. Later she seemed fine. Then the next day she was doing the head shaking again and was not going into the coop in the evening with the rest of the chickens. My husband picked her up to put her in the coop and she vomited! I didn't know chickens could vomit.

My thought is that there must be something in her crop that's preventing her from swallowing. Is there anything we can do to help her?

TIA!

4 Barred Rock hens, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Araucana hens, 2 Silver Wyandotte hens, and a Barred Rock rooster named Johnny Roo.
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4 Barred Rock hens, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Araucana hens, 2 Silver Wyandotte hens, and a Barred Rock rooster named Johnny Roo.
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post #2 of 10

There have been lots of threads on things similar to this.  Search "stuck in crop" and you will find something.  You can start by massaging the crop.  Good luck to you...keep us posted.

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post #3 of 10
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Okay, we gave her a dropperful of oil and massaged the crop. She vomited some black stuff. Now she is lying still and looking miserable.
Some more specific questions--
How much oil should we use? How often to repeat the oil and massage? Should we withhold food?

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4 Barred Rock hens, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Araucana hens, 2 Silver Wyandotte hens, and a Barred Rock rooster named Johnny Roo.
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post #4 of 10
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Update--she died. sad

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4 Barred Rock hens, 2 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Araucana hens, 2 Silver Wyandotte hens, and a Barred Rock rooster named Johnny Roo.
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post #5 of 10

Oh NO!  hit I'm so sorry!  I wish I had more experience with this.  Is there anyone else on here that has had their own experience with something like this???  Anyone?  I hope you can find some answers. hugs

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post #6 of 10

I'm so so sorry!  hugs

post #7 of 10

I'm so sorry for the loss of your bird.  hugs

Married to DH for 21 years, DS 18,  mom of golden retrievers--Harley and Mia, and my 17 girls--Barred Rocks, a Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Reds, Easter Eggers, a Gold Laced Wyandotte, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, Delawares, Cuckoo Marans, a Black Australorp, and Twiggy---our Welsummer, who laid the prettiest eggs ever, but left for chickie heaven today, where they never, ever run out of raisins.
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Married to DH for 21 years, DS 18,  mom of golden retrievers--Harley and Mia, and my 17 girls--Barred Rocks, a Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Reds, Easter Eggers, a Gold Laced Wyandotte, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, Delawares, Cuckoo Marans, a Black Australorp, and Twiggy---our Welsummer, who laid the prettiest eggs ever, but left for chickie heaven today, where they never, ever run out of raisins.
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post #8 of 10

My condolences. hugs

For next time.  How to...crop operation! WARNING GRAPHIC PICS!!!!! by BYC's own jeaucamom: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21291

Crop Surgery Performed - Truly Graphic but Informative Pics by BYC's own ruth: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=229796


Edited by alicefelldown - 9/15/10 at 12:54pm

NO MORE BIRDS - sold everything and moved for work.

It is impossible to have 'enough' chickens

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NO MORE BIRDS - sold everything and moved for work.

It is impossible to have 'enough' chickens

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post #9 of 10

I'm so sorry - I just found your thread.  It sounds like she had an impacted and sour crop that was pretty far advanced.  She could have also asphyxiated on some of the black water she was throwing  up.

post #10 of 10

Sorry for your loss. Just in case she got into something the others could get into you might if you can disect and see what it was.

Great husband, beautiful daughter, 2 EE, 4 RIR,1 BSL and 6 RSL
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Great husband, beautiful daughter, 2 EE, 4 RIR,1 BSL and 6 RSL
To God Be The Glory!
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