Originally Posted by Fancychooklady
Annie, the direction in which you massage depends on how early in the piece you notice the blockage and how big it is in size. Sometimes massaging towards the beak will help the bird to regurgitate the food and massaging in the opposite direction might help dislodge the foodstuff and send it down through the gizzard. Unfortunately grass mats together and everything they eat from then on is trapped up and begins to ferment.
Got some pics of little BB ( blue butt ) and my lovely little splash pullet. They are approx 14 weeks and you can see her face is getting a red glow too.
Thank you Fancy, for the explanation about up or down massaging - which now makes sense to me. Pity the sites I visited, didn't bother to explain all that !!
I hope I never have to remember it though. What a dreadful mess that was in appps Carls' crop. A huge amount of garbage.
There is a wide bladed grass that grows through summer here in Victoria - and most likely everywhere else. ( don't know what it is called - but it's very big ). I hand pick that in summer and scissor it up finely for the girls, rather than let them feed themselves on it, too much. That dies back around April, and when the rains set in, some lovely fine grass / lawn grows and I let them at that. I never trust seeding grass - I figure that could get caught in crops big time --- it is tough and rough almost prickly stuff - and grows at this time of year from the wide bladed grass mentioned.
The photo's you have posted here are just beautiful of little BB - and your lovely splash pullet. What gorgeous colours in them both.
Must start looking for some good cheap sardines for my girls too - they have never had them except mixed in with a 'Mums' rice mix, now and then. I think that will be funny to watch, somehow. ( I hope ).
Edited by Anniebee - 2/7/16 at 2:43am