My 8-yr old hen had sour crop... barely eat anything for over a week - even her favorite "soup" (pellets w/ water) - or treats... crop was medium size and felt like a water balloon... crop wasn't going down... poops were very, very, small... loosing weight.... not acting like herself... moving around very slowly and just hanging around in one spot..... tried giving "mother's" apple cider vinegar...
I read on that someone gave their chicken kefir grains (sorry, can't find orig post). Never heard of kefir but at the rate she was going, I didn't have anything to lose.
I found a lactose free kefir at my health food store and this is what I did:
The 1st day, I did not empty her crop (which was about medium size) because I was afraid of getting it in her lungs. I put as much kefir into her crop (with a syringe and tube) without over filling it.
Massaged the crop to mix it up.
The 2nd day, the crop went down a little. I put in as much kefir as possible, without overfilling the crop. Didn't seem promising...
The 3rd day, she made a very, very, large wet poop in the morning! And the crop went down!!! IT WAS A MIRACLE!!
NOW SHE WAS HUNGRY, AND I MEAN HUNGRY! She SCOFFED UP scrambled eggs (made very dry) with kefir added (so it was pretty wet) in the morning and afternoon. She also had pureed apple, and baby vitamins. She ate that for the next 2 days; then pureed carrots were added.
Then, pellets were slowly added to the wet egg/kefir mix. (I didn’t want to add pellets right away because I was afraid they would slow the recovery by fermenting.) As the days passed, the pellets were increased as the eggs/applesause/carrots were decreased.
SHE IS NOW BACK TO NORMAL!! I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW FAST IT WORKED!
Has anyone else had this success with kefir, or was my experience just a 'fluke'? I would love to hear other people's experiences and treatments. I just may save a lot of lives!
Edited by mysweetpeeps - 4/28/12 at 10:41am