Greetings to you all kind people, We have a hen that is almost 4 months old. We keep dealing with an impacted crop (that we eventually work through her system based on all the various techniques described in other threads). Well, it's back again - and we need any advice we can get. We are sorry for the length of our post. Just thought we needed to be thorough. It all started with a constant 'gaping' or 'yawning'. She stopped drinking - but was still eating. Then a cough started - and she would cough quite strenuousely and very often throughout the day. We separated her from the rest of the flock (only 2 others) - and have had her inside mostly for the last 4 weeks. We took her to the vet who said it could be a MG (Mycoplasma Gallisepticum) respiratory infection. So, she gave us Tylosin Powder and said we should give it to her for about 2 weeks. We were still letting her eat her grains and tube feeding her water periodically throughout the day. We would give her the Tylosin dosage once per day. She still wouldn't drink any water, but ate well. The MG test came negative. The recurring crop issues began about a week after her 'yawning - gaping' started, which might go along with the water and some long grass she got in to. We noticed a Sour Crop issue first (enlarged mushy crop, sour breath, gurgling in her crop). SO WE STARTED THE TUBE FEEDING PROCESS :-( - learned a lot, got pretty good at it, and are still doing it now as I write this post. Each time Gigi got an impacted crop - this is the 4th time in one month now - we let it empty out completely (- massaging several times/day and feeding her water/yogurt/soft hand feeding formula). Finally - 1 MONTH LATER her coughing/gaping is almost gone, and we thought that since her system cleaned out (both the coughing problem and crop) we could let her back to her grains - and now we have an IMPACTED CROP AGAIN(((((((((. We think it is all because she refuses to even look at the water. So...we work on the impacted crop, read up - do our research EVERY NIGHT and do all the suggested methods (almost all) that have good success rates. She has been impacted 4 times now in almost 5 weeks. We monitor what she eats/how she poops VERY closely, her living space is clean and there is clean room temperature water near her all the time... We make sure that we wait long enough after we get the impaction out of her crop... This last time, we felt her crop, seemed empty and we decided to do 1 more day on soft mushy foods until letting her go back to grains - and putting her with the other 2 so she could watch them DRINK and hopefully get her going for water again. This morning (1 day after letting her go back to her grains), we woke up and felt her crop - hard as a rock. So, it's back to square one, back to mushy foods, back to tube feeding and making sure we put water in her as well. We are stumped, but the biggest issue is that she won't drink. So even if we get this impaction through her and out, we are still going to deal with a bird that eats - but never drinks. Without water, she will obviously die, but if she won't drink, then won't she always get impacted crop because she doesn't have any liquids going down? Since this all first began - she no longer gapes or yawns (so that's nice) - and very rarely coughs. Another issue that we have just recently seen (2 days ago) is her left wing seems to be paralyzed (she won't move it or react if we touch it) - and we also recently lost a hen to what we believe was Marek's disease. Key Points to this whole mess: *We first took her to the vet for what might have been MG - but has now turned into crop issues and NOT DRINKING WATER *She was on Tylosin Powder for 2 weeks + Oxine AH humidifier sessions *She has had an impacted crop now about 4 times in 5 weeks *She will eat grains if we put them out, but won't go near water *She is currently back on her soft food diet (tube feeding) - we use Kifir, Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding Formula, Water with vitamins/electrolytes, and some oil) *We massage her crop a few times each day - and it always softens up pretty quickly *She LOVES laying near an electric heater we put in 'her room' *We lost a Hen a few weeks ago to what we believe was Mareks (paralyzed legs, and eventually not eating or drinking) Thanks for taking the time to read this!!! My wife and I are first time chicken owners who seem to live on these backyard forums these days. Any help would be greatly appreciated!