I have an Araucana hen that I'm 90% sure she has an impacted croup.. it has not gotten to sour croup as of yet.
First I will tell you what I'm doing (after hrs of reading on here!) & than please feel free to help me if you can!
I have noticed for about 5-7 days my little hen was not as excited about feeding time as she normally is.. she is a small girl to start off with so I always make sure she is well fed.
I noted a listless behavior about 4 days ago so I brought her into a stall & treated her with a dose of Tetracycline, I left her in for a few days... she was only fed egg yolk & yogurt during that time. Please note at this time I was not really sure what was going on with her. On day 4 in the am I let her out of the sick room only to notice not much change in her.. she seemed slow & was separating herself from the flock... I left her out to free range but kept a good eye on her... separated her at night.. came & started to read.... sounded like a croup issue although not like a big balloon croup more like a little hard ball of puddy. impacted, no foul smell or discharge.
SO.. Last night I brought her into the house.. ( pleases note she is gradually getting weeker) I gave her Mineral oil directly into the croup followed by unpasteurized organic apple vinegar diluted with water (with the mother) 15 min massage, left her for the night. on a towel so she could not eat anything. She pooped.. a runny poo.. but it was digested not whole. This am her croup feels about the same slightly less but not by much.. now I can distinguish little rocks ect in there.. its not just fibrous materials. I dosed her again with mineral oil & a massage, followed by undiluted acv as I was told this will start setting the ph right if given undiluted.. she was ****** with me after that... Min oil has been give at about 3-5 ml acv 3-4 ml per dose
SO now.... what to do? I didnt want to give her anything to eat to fill the croup back up... but she seriously is waisting away.
I have given her fresh water to drink only, I don't think she is intrested.
(i just want to say here.. its funny how chickens are imposters, she is not well but acts well when her friends come to see her!)
I need to know how to go forward?
I have read 3 days no food just massauge (3-10 times a day) & min oil/acv treatement..
How much min oil per dose.. am i giving enough?
Whats the thing with V8?
I dont feel comfortable force vomiting I'm worried of aspiration, although I will if I have no other choice.
Also I don't feed my hens bread (as it can also cause croup issues)