My daughter's chicken (Chuck Norris) seems to have sour crop. She (yes, Chuck is a sweet little hen) waddled over to us this morning looking like she had a huge, inflated balloon stuck under her chest. It was very squishy when touched - felt empty and full of air. When my daughter picked her up she seemed to gag a bit so we brought her inside and came here to see what it could be and what we should do about it. We ended up emptying her crop (she did seem to be rather uncomfortable prior to us doing this and MUCH more comfortable after). It was smelly, gross, and prolific. There was SO much *stuff* - but after we were done (her crop felt completely empty - no more *air* or fluid or anything) she jumped down, ran over to the other girls and seemed to be back to normal.
I got the ACV and added it to her water. Saw that it was recommended that she be kept off food for a bit and segregated from the other chickens so she's inside in a kennel right now with a bowl of water/ACV.
I did search and read through MANY of the previous posts on here about treating sour crop but it seemed that as soon as I read one I'd click on the next and it would have the opposite suggestion.
This chicken is my daughter's most loved pet. I don't want to do something and then find out it wasn't the *right* thing.
Here are the stats:
Chuck is about 1 year old. Healthy weight, size. She was behaving normally until I took her away from her sisters!
No other symptoms. Poop seems much more watery than normal - but not grossly abnormal. Eyes are clear, nose is
She is inside the house w/ only a bowlful of water/ACV.
Her crop seems to keep filling up with air and water (she is drinking fine). Do I keep emptying it? Is that normal? She's not eating food, and her crop is not full of food - it is definately something else (feels air-ish and liquidy). Do I leave her for now (it's "puffy" but not huge and she doesn't seem to be in any discomfort) and let the ACV do its job? Should I add yogurt in the morning (or cooked eggs?).
Just want to make sure that I'm doing the best for this little bird that is much loved.