Originally Posted by Lady Who
It's happening with both my standeredsize show Bramhas. They are both a year around the 25th of May. Is there anything I could do to help them from your experience? They eat like a cow so It's really hard to keep them from eating
Unfortunately, you can only try to manage pendulous crop. You cannot fix it. It's inherited and incurable. A vet I know said he could do a crop tuck surgery but it would only be temporary, that the muscles would stretch back out, that they were genetically weak. This killed three Blue Orp hens of mine over time, and one of their daughters who inherited the trait from her mother.
It tends to become sour crop because food sits too low to get through the hole at the back of the crop to progress onward and sits there and ferments. When that happens, all you can do is take away food and put acidified copper sulfate in the water for a day or two (1/8 tsp to a gallon). Tomato juice somewhat helps with crop issues, probably due to the acidity (unsalted).
The big thing is she has to have limited feed and pelleted or crumble is better than a grain mix so be very stingy with scratch.
My Caroline is a piggy eater, too. I have to save her from herself sometimes. And I have to keep her from getting scratch, though she manages to scavenge some on occasion.