crop or something more serious?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by karen+3chickens, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. karen+3chickens

    karen+3chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so glad I found BYC! I have 3 chickens 2 1/2 months old. They all seem to be doing good expect for my Plymouth Rock. I noticed she had a big bulge on her chest. When I touched it it felt kind of squishy and when she puts her head down it sags and wiggles. I think it might be her crop, but the bulge has not gone down for a few days. She is on grower feed (mixed with leftover starter feed) and has access to greens all day long. I put some grit in the coop yesterday, but it didn't seem to help the bulge go down. I'm not sure if I should be worried, if it will go away on its own, or if I need to somehow intervene. I have heard of soaking bread in mineral oil and feeding it to her, but have also heard that some chickens need surgery to remove whatever is stuck. I would appreciate any advice, I'm really worried about her.
     
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    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. karen+3chickens

    karen+3chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the link! I have been searching this website for crop for a few days. That is how I found out it might be her crop and about the oil soaked bread. Where her crop doesn't feel hard yet, is there still a chance that she will pass it on her own? I have tried massaging her a few times, but I am not able to for long periods of time (she does not like being touched). I'm not sure if I mentioned, but I am very new to chickens.
     

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