Crop Problems.....what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Justino, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    okay so we are going to the very because my EE has impacted crop (big as a baseball, hard as a rock) and we dont know if she is going to need surgery or what...but if it turns out they cant help us, should i put her down? becuase i dont want her suffocating and dying....... we are going in like 3 minutes so if u can help me out thatd be great
     
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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The vet can do crop surgery on her, if you can afford it. If it's impacted, just getting the stuff out should fix it. My hen's crop has just stopped working entirely, so that's even worse, but if he can clean it out and sew her up, she should be fine.
     
  3. PaintedGemsRanch

    PaintedGemsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not trying to thread jack but im really curious... how likely is it to impact again? im not familiar with crops but is this a freak thing or since it has got this bad already and surgery might be needed, would you expect it to do it again?

    Edit because i cant spell!
     
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  4. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    I am sure you have already left so I just want to send good luck wishes. [​IMG] I am hoping for the best. Let us know what you found out.
     
  5. Chickiemom1012

    Chickiemom1012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a silkie hen that had an impacted crop. I brought her to the vet and she did surgery and cleaned it out. She was on a special diet and anitbiotics for several week but she is back in fighting form, it was alot of attention and work but she is so sweet and my kids love her so it was worth it....
     
  6. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Awww well...we surrendered her to the vets because we couldn't afford to pay 378 bucks on a chicken.....so since we surrendered her they will do the surgery but she is legally theirs now and we will never see her again (if she lived) so yup. Oh well, stuff like this happens. All part of life ya know? Hopefully she makes it and lives out a happy life [​IMG]

    Now another question...i just checked all of my other birds...one of my silkies and one of my EEs have a slightly bigger and harder crop then the rest.....should i be concerned with them too? Anything i can do for them to make all that stuff pass?


    The reason (we think) that this is happening is because they got into the lawn mower clippings a few days ago and all that grass is in there...... *sigh* well i hope the rest of my birds are fine [​IMG] now im all paranoid!
     
  7. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    Aww [​IMG] I am sorry to hear you couldn't keep her. I do understand though. There is no way I could spend that on any of my chickens. I like your attitude about it and I agree I hope she survives lives a great life. Are they going to let you know what happens to her?

    If the grass clipping were short enough that may not be the problem. I always give mine to the birds and haven't had any problems yet. I don't know of anything you can give them to help just in case, but hopefully someone else will.
     
  8. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:they said that they wont tell us anything and that its just so you dont try to get her back from them or whatever [​IMG]

    and the vet said something about how they eat grass when its in the ground...that they like just eat the tips of it or something where since it was clipped it was longer [​IMG] i dont know [​IMG] she said something like that [​IMG] she was a very nice lady who had chickens of her own [​IMG]
     
  9. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Hi Justino - I'm sorry you had to give up your bird. If you, or anyone else, has to face this issue in the future - I've found they are quite easy to operate on for crop problems. Here's a link to a thread of mine, with lots of pictures, of a bird I had to open up and clean out her crop. She did great and is alive and well and healthy and fat now and it has not reoccured.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=229796

    I think in our bird's case, she had not been getting enough food at her former home and had been eating hay. She was very impacted and had been for weeks before I finally operated on her as a last-ditch effort to save her life. Our part-time vet will NOT see chickens but will give or sell me any supplies, like pre-threaded sutures, that I need. So far I've done crop surgery, many bumble foot surgeries, and sewn up more ripped open hens (too much rooing) than I care to count. They are "tough birds" and come through with flying colors.
     
  10. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:oh man, i dont think i would ever be able to do that to one of my girls... id be more worried i would kill them or something!

    Thanks everyone for your support [​IMG] this has been a good learning experience for me, and at least i now know more about it [​IMG]

    Thanks again

    Justin
     

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