chick just died..crop felt play doh like...?any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fluffyspots13, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. fluffyspots13

    fluffyspots13 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2013
    One of my jersey white giants (going on 3wks now) was sitting on the floor of the brooder, the other chicks were up and acting normal. I picked her up and she didn't "fight" at all to move/get away. Within. 5 mins she died in my hands.while she was sitting she pooped, it was slimey, yellow, and stringy. Her crop felt like play doh. They were all acting normal yesterday. :( anyone know what this could be? I have two heat lamps in the two story brooder. They use a ramp, its not very tall or anything. They have plenty of room to get away from the lights. And clean water, clean food. I am very scared for the other chicks now. :(
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Usually, a doughy crop means the crop quit working. That feeling was the feed mixed with water just sitting in the crop. I've never had it in chicks, but I have in older hens whose crop stopped working as a symptom of a complete system shutdown. I wouldn't worry about anything contagious. Probably was something wrong with the chick or it gorged for some reason and the crop wasn't functioning.

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