Can't kick this sour crop?

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  1. katelk

    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So a few weeks ago I got some hens about 2 years old. They had never free ranged before and long story short two of them developed sour crop about 2 weeks ago. Since then, I have tried every trick in the book. Oil, yogurt, red wine, massage, yeast infection cream, even antibiotics for a whole week.
    They are eating, drinking, and pooping completely normal, but their crops keep filling up like a water balloon.
    I am at my wits end with these two. I want so bad to help them, but I have no idea what to do at this point.
    I suspect the sudden change in diet and the discovery of grass is what started this. Anyone have any ideas or advice?
    Is there any chance this will clear up on its own eventually?
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Are you sure it's yeast? If so, get some ketoconazole and some nystatin.

    http://www.fishmoxfishflex.com/index.php/fish-fungus-ketoconazole.html

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    http://www.ladygouldianfinch.com/product_medistatin.php

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    -Kathy
     
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    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I think the only way to know for sure would be to have a vet check crop contents for yeast under a scope. Can you post a picture of her poop?

    -Kathy
     
  5. katelk

    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her poop started out pretty loose. The vet said that was normal for a sudden change in diet. Now it just looks like everyone else's though. Totally normal chicken poops.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    If they look normal that's really good news!

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    Hi, glad to hear you spoke with a vet who thought their stool was normal. If your birds are eating well and not looking droopy, you may not have a sour crop problem. Our birds free range all day, and their crops get very full. They seem to really prefer tips of our grass to most other plants, but eat lots of bugs and occasional berries along with morning and evening, All Purpose Poultry or organic layer (we have chicks and roosters so I leave oyster shell which layers can eat.

    One of my favorite hens has developed sour crop, I think. Her breath smells awful. She drooled fluids that gummed up her feathers under her wing- those smelled bad too. I thought she was prespiring but my husband reasonably suggested having her head drooling under the wing was probably why the gummed up feathers in basicly her wing armpit. I had discarding a bunch of moldy berries into the compost, which might have been the cause. Definitely not recommended to put anything spoiled or going bad that they are used to eating- like our girls love a little leftover rice. Here in the tropics, things spoil quickly.

    She looks better since I've been handfeeding her. Her mouth throat especially on the right side had a while curdled crud adhering to ithe side, making swallowing difficult for her. What is keeping her going is about a heaping tablespoon protein smoothy powder and scant 1 tsp powdered golden seal, made into a paste with a little water and 1/2 tsp or less coconut oil. It's thick enough to make into a little bolus that I then sort of place in her mouth or push to the back of her throat. I've been putting micotin on many of the bollus to help it slide down her throat. She didn't have a crossed beak before but in the last couple of weeks the jaw mass has twisted her beak to the side. The only food she manages to pick up and not drop each time is raisins. If she was't still (mostly unsucessfully) trying to eat I think we would have put her down, but she's still hanging on to life. We're hoping the improvement we've seen since trying the micotin and goldenseal helps decrase the mass, and that it's only sour crop (aka thrush; aka yeast infection). Count your blessings that your free range girls are eating and happy.
     
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  8. casportpony

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    Can you post a picture of the inside oh her mouth?
     

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