2 hens with heavy fluid in crop and below

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Crane Hill Farm, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Crane Hill Farm

    Crane Hill Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]Hi everyone!
    I hope someone will have an idea of whats going on here.
    Our 2nd hen now with soft fluid in what appears to be tge crop and below it.
    Her normally pink comb is dark and thin.
    Shes not eating.
    Is drinking.
    The first one died last week. Vet had given her a dewormer and antibiotics.
    Any ideas?
    Her name is Spot.
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    What was the reason for antibiotics? Were there respiratory symptoms? Sour crop is thought to be a fungal problem. Antibiotics would not be good for it, unless they are treating another infection. Nystatin is thought to help, and since it is prescription only, the same drug is available online called Medistatin without prescription. I have heard of people treating it with fluconazole or diflucan also (called Canesoral in Canada without RX.) Here is a good link for crop issues: http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues.html
     
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  4. Crane Hill Farm

    Crane Hill Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I think the vet was just covering all the bases with the antibiotic. he said he didnt know what was wrong with her. these 2 links are very helpful, so ill try the mono stat, will get some tomorrow. i already started probiotics in a bit of scrambled egg with olive oil. she seems to be drinking ok and is definitely pooping. Thanks everybody! i'll keep you posted.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If you're in the US you can get both fluconazole and nystatin powder without a prescription. For the nystatin do a search for Medistatin and for fluconazole do a search for fluconazole for fish. Send me a PM if you need help finding either.

    -Kathy
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Question... Are you sure it's fluid in her crop and not air or gas?

    -Kathy
     
  7. Crane Hill Farm

    Crane Hill Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes.fluid. I regurgitated her twice. With that yogurt, Reiki, and ASEA shes doing muuuch better!
    I wonder if it will still be necessary to give her drugs?
     
  8. Crane Hill Farm

    Crane Hill Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe ill get the medistatin and have it on hand just in case. Im afraid to put things in her throat because i need a visual of the anatomy...any idea where i can get a pic of a chicken thriat that would show which pipe not to put things into?
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Here is an image of the chicken throat showing the esophagus (site for tube feeding.) Note that the essophagus is in the rear, and the the trachea (airway) is in the foreground. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/gavage-tube-force-feeding-and-medicating-baby-chicks-and-chickens
     
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  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    More pictures:

    The hole at the back of the tongue is the trachea - Nothing should ever go in there!
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