4 week old chick - crop problem?! Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by byc4me, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. byc4me

    byc4me Out Of The Brooder

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    I have five roughly 4 week old chicks. Three EE and two SFH. One of the SFH chicks started arching neck downward yesterday and doing what looked like some crazy chest preening. So much so, she's almost doing a somersault. Seems to be eating and drinking, but just acting strange with curling over and backing up at the same time. I felt around last night and her crop was pretty firm. I massaged it and gave her a little olive oil by dropper. This morning it was still pretty large and firm, so more of the same. All they have to eat is chick starter with access to grit. They are in pine shavings, but I haven't seen them eating them. Any ideas how to help/ clear crop out? Thanks!
     
  2. dawg53

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    Remove the grit. Try giving her tomato juice via eyedropper, 1/4cc or abit less several times a day for 2 days. Then provide all your chicks with Avian Super Pack: Dosage is 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water for 5 days.
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  3. Eggcessive

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    There is a condition called wry neck or crook neck, where the neck will spasm either sideways or downward, and also sometimes looking up. This is a neurological symptom which could be from head/neck injury, a vitamin deficiency, or from diseases (Mareks, Newcastles, others.) Along with what Dawg53 told you, I would start the chick on vitamins, but I would add some selenium (25mcg daily) to the vitamins. PolyVisol baby vitamins may be used 3 drops daily plus 25 mcg of selenium daily by mouth. There are brands of poultry vitamins (Poultry Nutridrench and Poultry Cell) that contain selenium already in it. Can you post a picture of your chicken and it's neck? Here are 2 links if you think the chick has wry neck:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
     
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    The first paragraph describing the symptom in the 1st link you gave describes what she's doing to a "T." Thanks so much. I'll got the tomato juice into her, will get some Vit. E w/selenium and poly vi sol too. Hope it all works. Thanks so much!
     
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    Here is a picture.
     

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