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came home to sick to two sick hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by southernsibe, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. southernsibe

    southernsibe Songster

    Jun 15, 2007
    kensington, maryland
    Today two of my hens have very distended crops, thick and squishy feeling, and sticky yellow white and black poop on their butts. It's not blocking them from pooping more, but is sticking to the feathers. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I have no idea what it could be. No changes in food or anything of that sort.
    Thank you for any help.

  2. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Have they been drinking more than usual? Is the front of their feathers wet where it dripped down?
    Reason I ask is when chickens get sick sometimes they drink so much water that it makes their crop squishy..
    Not sure what type of illness but have read about it somewhere. Hope others can help you out... good luck..
  3. southernsibe

    southernsibe Songster

    Jun 15, 2007
    kensington, maryland
    thank you for repling. No the feathers are not wet in the front. And the poop isn't blocking the opening. I massaged the crop down only and tried to get them to move a bit. So far nothing else has happened.
  4. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    were they free ranging?

    recheck the crops in the morning before they eat..
    the crops should be empty by then..feel for any lumps or grainy feeling...also odor.
    what bedding do you use?
    what all do you feed?

    keep a check on the droppings.

    give them some plain active culture yogurt.

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