Crop Not Emptying / Little amount of throw up.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by carterrowe, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. carterrowe

    carterrowe New Egg

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    Hello,
    A few days ago I noticed my chicken was sitting in the nesting box. She didn't want to jump up to the perch. I brought her inside and looked her over. I had just recently ( A day before ) lost one of my chickens from aspiration. We attempted to empty her crop by turning her over and massaging the crop. I let her be for about an hour, and when I came back she had passed. Now with the current chicken, she appears to be fine physically. She still has muscle build up on her bottom side. Shes still walking and standing. The only noticeable concern is the throw up (which is like 3 drops.), and her comb appears to be a light colored red, and is tilted to the side, also her poop color appears to be a green color. Sometimes its watery and sometimes its like normal. She appears to be acting normal, and not in pain. Her crop also doesn't appear to be emptying. It wasn't hard, but it felt like there was something in it. I read about it, some people said it could be sour crop. Because I was outside and the wind was gusting, I wasn't able to get a smell of it. Is there any other suggestions other then making her throw up? I'm 13 and I love those chickens like they are my kids. It was really hard for me watching my one go, and I will be distraught if my other one goes. If you have any suggestions can you please leave them bellow or email me VIA [ [email protected] ]? She is eating and drinking. She will casually drink the water with pro-biotics and electrolytes in it.

    Thank you so much!

    -Carter Rowe

    PS:
    She also has a little bit of a limp because of a bumble foot issue. Any suggestions for that other then cutting?:


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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. Are you putting out grit for the chickens to eat to help digest grasses and other foods than chicken feed? With having two crop problems so close together that might be a problem. Crop problems can cause them to starve to death eventually. They can get long grasses stuck in their crops, or large pieces of food. Grit is different than crushed oyster shell, and they need access to both. Getting your hen to drink a lot of water and massaging her crop several times a day may help in emptying the crop. Usually, impacted crop happens first where something won't go down, and the crop becomes hard and won't empty. Sour crop is a result of a previous impacted crop where the crop contents have rotted, and there may be a fungal infection or bacterial infection. A vet would be best for treating this. There are ways of emptying the crop safely if it is done quickly and properly, but even then it can cause aspiration. Here are a few articles to read:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues-html/
     
  3. carterrowe

    carterrowe New Egg

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    Thanks so much for the help,
    I'll be try to massage it a few times a day. I think It might be grass. We were feeding them whole corn (big pieces) and I think that might have been the cause.
    Again thanks for writing back!
     
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  4. carterrowe

    carterrowe New Egg

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    Thanks for the response,
    I will attempt at getting that out of there and maybe taking her to a vet.

    Thanks
    -Carter
     
  5. carterrowe

    carterrowe New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice,
    I will attempt to maybe take her to a vet, or massage it myself.

    Thanks
    -Carter
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Layer feed or a flock raiser feed would be much more balanced and higher in protein. Whole corn is harder to digest than cracked corn, but corn itself does not have enough protein for chickens, only half as much. Grit is also required for whole grains or any other food but chicken feed. Let us know how she does. Crop surgery can be performed by a vet if necessary.
     
  7. carterrowe

    carterrowe New Egg

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    We were mixing it in due to cold weather conditions in PA.
     

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