- Sep 12, 2014
I have a blue silkie bantam who got an impacted crop a few months back, but now she is having problems digesting food daily and her crop keeps getting impacted. Should i separate her?
Excellent advice from @TwoCrows .. please keep us updated as to her progress!Hello there and welcome to BYC!
Sorry about your bird. Is the crop hard like a ball or is it soft and squishy? If it is hard, you do indeed have an impacted crop. (as opposed to a slow or sour crop that is soft and squishy) For impactions, you need to put her in a cage with nothing but water. No food what so ever for 24 hours. She needs get this moving before she eats anything. If you can get water into her, then even better. Water, water and more water is what will get this moving. If you can use a tube feeder to get water into her, good. If you know how to properly syringe water down her throat, this will work too. But be careful not to aspirate her. Squeeze in very tiny amounts on the front of the tongue with her straight and level, not back or down. Get as much water into her and massage her crop. Do this all day long. Massaging and water will help to break it up. If you can not get water into her, keep massaging the crop ever hour to continue to help break the impaction down.
If she has not moved her crop by morning, you might try some dulcolax gel caps in her. This will help to break down the impaction. 1 or 2 squeezed caps into some water to by syringed down the throat or a very tiny bit of food like hard boiled eggs or some other soft food. Tiny bit only.
Do NOT add oil to her crop. Oil will only turn this into a very gunny mass that will never pass. So no matter what anyone tells you, do NOT add oil.
You can also post this in our emergency section for more help too...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures
Good luck and I hope you can get her healed up soon.