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By bairo · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Feb 4, 2012 ·
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    Sour Crop: the hard facts

    The Chook Doctor explains:
    [Sour Crop] is a common problem with hens, especially if they are allowed to graze on grass when they are first released. These birds are not used to eating such natural foods, so they tend not to know how to do it properly. Long strands of grass in the crops of such birds often are unable to pass through the digestive system, [so they] bind in the crop and ferment.​
    A quick method of telling whether a chicken has Sour Crop or not is to gently squeeze it and sniff the air that’s expelled from its mouth. If the bird has Sour Crop then the air will smell awful, if not… well, I don’t suppose a chicken smells very nice anyway, but apparently la différence d’odeur is marked. (Of course, sniffing chickens is also one of the eight sure-fire ways of being marked down as a looney, but we’ll put that aside for the moment.)
    Fear not, help is at hand (If you were a chicken)

    Luckily for you my mother has a cure for Sour Crop. First she grabs you (this isn’t hard because you’re just lying there burping), then she sticks a tube down your throat, and pours a mixture of yogurt and olive oil into you.
    That done, she takes hold of your feet, hangs you upside down, and massages your stomach and crop until lots of green and white muck comes pouring out of you.
    Finally she flips you the right way up, pats you on the head, and puts you down. You ruffle your feathers, squawk a bit, ruffle your feathers some more, and then walk off in as dignified a manner as you can muster.
    It’s a tough life, being a chicken.

    My chick is "Star Gazing" and I suspect a Thiamine Deficiency.
    I am going to add to this information a little at a time. For now though I wanted to get a high thiamine diet posted in case someone needs it. The common vit. drops work ok but I think this diet in addition works much better. So here is the diet which makes about enough for a day depending on the age and size of chick:
    1/2 cup of flock raiser crumbles or non medicated chick starter
    1 tbsp Marmite
    2 tbsp whole seseme seeds (roasted or not)
    2 tbsp shelled sunflower seeds
    1 tsp dried coriander leaves
    The marmite has a butter like consistancy and so needs to be mixed well in the feed and refrigerated.

    Signs and Symptoms of diseases and conditions common in poultry
    Table 1. Possible clinical signs for common respiratory diseases of poultry.

    Clinical signs
    CoughingXX XX X XXX X
    SneezingXX XXXX XXXXX
    Shaking head X X XX X XX
    Rales (abnormal breathing sound)XXXXXXXXXXXXX
    GaspingXXXX X XXX X
    Discharge from eyesXXXX XX XXXX
    Nasal discharge XXX XX XXXX

    Swelling of face and/or

    Bluish-purple discoloration
    of face
    X XX X X
    Retarded growthXX X XX X XXX
    Lameness X
    General diarrhea X XXXX X X
    Green, watery diarrhea X X X X
    Swollen joints X
    Paralysis X
    Twisting of head and neck X X X XX

    Red/white spots on legs
    and comb
    Conjunctivitis X XXXXXXX
    Prostration X X X X

    Fowl Pox
    2Newcastle disease
    3Infectious bronchitis
    4Avian influenza
    5Infectious coryza
    7Turkey rhinotracheitis
    8Swollen head syndrome
    9Mycoplasma gallisepticum
    10Mycoplasma synoviae
    11Mycoplasma meleagridis
    Table 2.
    Table 2. Possible clinical signs for common nonrespiratory viral diseases of poultry.
    Clinical Signs


    bursal disease



    Egg drop

    TenosynovitisSepticemia form
    Reduced feed consumption XXX
    Labored breathingX
    Weight loss/stunted growth X X
    Reduced water consumption X X
    Bluish-purple discoloration of the face X
    Enlarged abdomen X
    LamenessX X
    Swollen joints X
    Twisted necks X
    ParalysisX XX
    Inactive X
    Tremors X
    IncoordinationX XX
    Pale scaly combsX
    Greenish diarrheaXX
    Diarrhea (general) X X
    Watery droppings X
    Thin-shelled eggs X
    Shell-less eggs X
    Reduced egg production X X
    Increased mortality X
    Dullness X
    Weakness X
    Emaciation X
    Helicopter wings X
    Ruffled feathers X
    Small comb X
    Table 3.
    Table 3. Possible clinical signs of nonrespiratory bacterial diseases of poultry.

    Clinical signs


    Dead birds, no signs of diseaseX
    FeverX X
    Reduced feed consumptionX XX X
    Discharge from mouthX
    Ruffled feathersX X
    Labored breathingX X
    Weight loss/stunted growthX XXX
    LamenessX X
    Swollen jointsX X
    Abscessed wattlesX
    Swollen foot padsX X
    Twisted necksX
    Navel infection X
    Dehydration X
    Huddling of chicks X X
    Droopiness X
    Diarrhea/pasted ventX XX X
    White feces X X
    Blood in feces X
    Paralysis X
    Foul odor X X

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