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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    I'm afraid you may lose this chick. It may not be anything it's been fed. It may have a congenital defect in its digestive system, and now its gizzard is packed solid and won't move anything out. Trying to get any oil into a crop that is so full it won't empty is probably not possible...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    A three-week old chick is more likely to be constipated in their intestines than to have sour crop. What you are likely seeing is its little crop backing up because of a blockage farther down. This usually is from the chick not drinking enough water or it has been given tough foods that require...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    Molt is very hard on chickens. She will need extra protein and extra carbs due to the cold and not being well insulated against it. Sugar in her water, kept tepid, not cold, will keep her glucose up and give her more energy and hopefully improve her appetite.
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'I think I have a cockerel. Now what do I do?'

    Good luck with your roo. Sounds like you're making very good progress. Those are pinless peepers to discourage feather picking.
  5. I think I have a cockerel. Now what do I do?

    I think I have a cockerel. Now what do I do?

    Around the beginning of summer, people are beginning to discover they have a newly minted cockerel in their flock. Often this comes as a surprise after they were sure they had bought only pullets and suddenly one of them is behaving like a little tyrant. In truth, he’s behaving like a typical...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    Miconazole can be given along with the antibiotic. It will just keep the yeast from getting terribly out of hand, and then it will finish the yeast off after the antibiotic is completed. Since the antibiotic is killing off the good bacteria in her body along with the bad, the yeast is taking...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    Put one entire gel cap into her beak. Usually it just takes the one dose. Use it with the coconut oil. Together the oil and stool softener should soften the mass, and if you gently massage it after giving the softener and oil a chance to work for half an hour, it should break up and go down...
  8. Stuck egg! Collapsed egg hanging from vent! Prolapse! Oh my! What to do!

    Stuck egg! Collapsed egg hanging from vent! Prolapse! Oh my! What to do!

    The last thing any chicken keeper wants to see is a favorite hen standing helplessly in a nest box with a frightening prolapse hanging out of her vent, dripping viscous fluids. Worse, she may be in the run and other chickens may have already pecked at the prolapse, literally adding insult to...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'Reasons for Tossing Out Your Indoor Brooder and Start Raising Your Chicks Outdoors'

    I don't recall what breeds the chicks are but most of the adults are Welsummers.
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    A crop not emptying requires us to adjust treatment until the crop empties. Either try increasing the miconazole or try the crop bra. You may even do both at the same time.
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    I take it there's no emptying of the crop overnight. Is that correct? I would then suggest you try the crop bra. I can also try increasing the miconazole to three doses per day or increase the amount of the two daily doses.
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    I never isolate any chicken with a crop disorder. I see no benefit.
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    Straight out of the tube. Throw away the applicator. It's not useful for chickens. The amount of the miconazole dose is extremely flexible. I have given an inch of cream as often as three times a day for stubborn cases or very large hens. Some hens will obligingly eat the cream right off your...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    Feed is immaterial. The sour crop patient can eat whatever she feels like eating. I usually offer a choice of dry feed and boiled egg. I am not a proponent of starving a chicken during yeast infection treatment. So the answer is, feed whatever and however much the chicken will eat.
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'Reasons for Tossing Out Your Indoor Brooder and Start Raising Your Chicks Outdoors'

    The roofing material over my run is fiberglass panels, translucent to let in light during winter to help warm the run. The sand acts as a heat sink in winter, holding onto the daytime heat to some degree. In summer, I can wet it down and evaporation cools the run as much as ten degrees. If you...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'Chicken bully/chicken victim - a two-sided issue'

    Try letting her out for brief periods each day to "learn" to relate to the others as their equal. It's part of the confidence building. You need to supervise her though, and put her back in her safe pen when it looks like she's being overwhelmed by aggressive flock members. Another way to calm...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    Crop disorders can include blockages farther down the digestive tract. There is a way to diagnose that, but it's involved. It sounds like it's a possibility in this case. A hard knot in a crop that you are trying to clear of a yeast infection can be due to compulsive ingestion of grit and gravel...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'Reasons for Tossing Out Your Indoor Brooder and Start Raising Your Chicks Outdoors'

    Articles and threads are different. Articles are more timeless and enduring than threads. This article has been featured on the front page several times since I wrote it. Nothing in it is out of date or needs updating. It outlines a method of brooding and integrating chicks, and I continue to...
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    Comment by 'azygous' in article 'How to treat sour crop and impacted crop and how to know which one you're dealing with'

    There can be various reasons why a crop would still be squishy after miconazole. 1. Treatment wasn't carried out the full seven days. 2.The crop may be pendulous, preventing emptying. 3.There may be grit in the crop that makes it feel like it's full. 4. It may be chronic due to underlying...
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