Anyone know how to does acidified copper sulfate on a single girl via syringe ?

bevis

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I have a cream leg bar that has a history of crop impactions / hard yeast balls. well she went into a molt and developed another one. I have dosed her with two crows spice mix to no avail, vage cream to no avail, mineral oil to not avail, stool softeners to no avail and everything I can think of except copper sulfate. I think I remember someone telling me that copper sulfate will destroy all yeasts in short order. but I don't want to dose the entire flock. I have her isolated with one of my old speckled Sussex that's had a stroke for about 10 days. the Sussex also has a sour crop most likely related to the stroke and mobility issues as she has lost the use of her left leg. she's healthy as a horse otherwise. she has use of her left hip and wing but no foot. I think I'm going to does them both today with safeguard just in case there's a worm issue going on that I might be missing.

with all that said, I think the copper is 1/4 tsp to 1 gallon water but does anyone know how many ml's you should give to a single girl and how many times a day and for how long ? she's not drinking best I can tell so I give her 8 to 12 mls of plain water at a time with a 1ml syringe down the gullet and massage it in. the Sussex is not drinking either and I give her 18-24mls of water at a time the same way with a 3ml syringe. the Sussex throat is way bigger than the little tiny leg bar so I can use a bigger syringe.
Am I correct that copper sulfate will destroy all yeasts ?
Thanks
 

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I don't know of a direct dose for Acidified Copper Sulfate since the mixed water would be consumed throughout the day for 3 days. I would mix 1/2 Gallon (use plastic or glass - do not use metal at all with ACS). Anytime you syringe water into her, use the mixed water.

Does your hen have any yellow/white plaques or lesions inside her beak as well? Chronic crop issues are a lot of times associated with an underlying condition - reproductive disorders, worms, coccidiosis overload and/or infection.

She's begun to molt now, but was she laying eggs through all the crop issues? What does her poop look like?
 

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the inside of her mouth looks normal. I think the bigger issue is we have been feeding them dry mash that we drive 60 miles to a mill and have them make it fresh. she is the runt of the flock and she may be getting chased off the water. I have ditched the remaining dry mash and went to TSC 2 days ago and bought layena crumble for them. the dry mash is way cheaper but I think its trouble waiting to happen.
we have 25 girls so I have no idea who lays what. I will see if I can get a stool look today.
I think I will worm them both today to see if it has an impact as I think the copper sulfate should be a last resort.
 

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the inside of her mouth looks normal. I think the bigger issue is we have been feeding them dry mash that we drive 60 miles to a mill and have them make it fresh. she is the runt of the flock and she may be getting chased off the water. I have ditched the remaining dry mash and went to TSC 2 days ago and bought layena crumble for them. the dry mash is way cheaper but I think its trouble waiting to happen.
we have 25 girls so I have no idea who lays what. I will see if I can get a stool look today.
I think I will worm them both today to see if it has an impact as I think the copper sulfate should be a last resort.
Have you tried giving a wet mash made out of the feed? Some feeds are so finely ground, they are like powder almost. If it's like that I do provide dry too, but my birds very much like wet feed. I don't ferment it, just put feed in a bucket, add water and let sit for 30 minutes or sometimes overnight if I know I'm going to be in a hurry the next morning.

Hopefully she will do better separated out for a while.
 

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it would be too much work to feed them wet mash on our schedule. the mash we get is very much powder. im thinking it may be causing issues with the girls that don't drink enough. im going to worm them and keep them hydrated . it's pretty hot here in Florida right now
 

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If anyone need to know , here is the dosage of acidified copper sulphate.
1/4 TSP of ACS to 1 gallon of water.
I use a quart power aid bottle and put 1/16 tsp of ACS in it and fill it with water and shake it up good. I administer 20mls ( or a half of a shot glass full ) of that ACS mix from the power aid bottle twice a day. Im currently treating a lavender buff with sour crop with ACS. We shall see what happens.
 

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