Continues impacted crop. Help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by silkielover13, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. silkielover13

    silkielover13 Hatching

    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?
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    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...

    Good luck and I hope you can get her healed up soon. :)
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your silkie![​IMG]

    Two Crows has given you good advice. Yes, you should separate her. No food for 24 hours. Just water and NO oil. Food and oil just makes it worse. Massaging helps get the impaction moving. Also, holding her upside down while massaging will cause her to vomit which is a good thing.

    I had a pullet with something similar to this earlier this year. The dulcolax, as suggested by Two Crows, helps wonderfully.

    No hard foods for a few days. After the 24 hours of no food then start introducing small amounts of small foods such as egg and cooked rice. No pellets or anything.

    Best of luck to you!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do you know what impacted her crop the first time? For some it's long blades of grass. If you knew, you could make sure she doesn't have any more opportunities to eat it.
  6. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Excellent advice from @TwoCrows .. please keep us updated as to her progress!
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Sorry to hear about your bird! X3 on Twocrow's advice.
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about the problems your Silkie is having with sour/impacted crop. [​IMG]The above posters have given you good advice. Good luck with her!
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your Silkie, hope she is OK.
  10. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

    In addition to other good advice on this thread, make sure the chickens always have access to grit.

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