Crop Surgery Performed - More pics & How To Steps posted - Pg 10

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ruth, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Well, you can add one more thing to the list of things I never thought I would do in a million years. I operated on a hen tonight and performed crop surgery.

    She has been impacted for at least three weeks, getting more and more frail. I've had her inside and have been feeding her soft foods and olive oil and doing regular deep tissue massages in an effort to break up the hard mass in her crop. When she could no longer eat and it was apparent she was having difficulty swallowing and was skin and bones I felt I had no choice but to try and save her. When I laid her on her side to examine her, black foul-smelling liquid began pouring out. So, I first held her upside down for about 20 minutes while massaging the crop and being very careful that her head stayed down so that she would not choke or inhale and drown on the awful black smelling liquid that just kept pouring out of her mouth. There must have been at least a cup of it to come out.

    Then I was able to examine her and the crop was still the size of a softball or larger and hard. I knew I had to open her up. I got my trusty assistant Boaz to help. His job was to hold her. We laid her on her side and covered her head with a towel and she NEVER moved, never flinched. In fact, at one point, he said "I don't think she's still with us" and wanted to move the towel or rouse her to see if she was still alive. But I knew since she had not so much as flinched that she was still alive and I just kept working on her. The following pictures say it all - they are graphic but informative. Only time will tell if she will recover but as soon as I finished stitching her back up (first the crop, twice, and then the outer skin) she sat up and looked around and started walking around.

    Here is when I first started pulling out all the mass of hay/straw/grass that was in her:

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    Here is some of it after I got it out - looks like she ate a nest.

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    Here you can see the incision (about an inch) after the crop was emptied and before I stitched it closed:

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    And here is the outer stitching that closed up the skin.

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    I'll keep you all posted on her progress. Please wish her well.
     
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  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

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    [​IMG] Once again..awesome job![​IMG] [​IMG] This is why i am afraid to let my girls get ahold of hay. I keep thinking that it will impact their crops. And it looks like it does! [​IMG]
     
  3. aceriderbetty

    aceriderbetty In the Brooder

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    I'm impressed with your skill. I wish her well. Please keep us updated.
     
  4. IN-farmgirl

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    I commend you. I hope for a good outcome and I will be watching the thread for updates.
     
  5. BirdMom

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    Wow. Amazing! I hope she recovers well. Looks like you did an awesome job, and I bet she feels soooo much better now!
     
  6. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Thanks Redhen - I've never had a problem with any of my own birds. They are allowed to freerange from one week old and there is hay in everything from brooder bins to nest boxes to coop floors. This bird was part of a flock of two year old breeder birds (that had always been penned) that I recently bought that came with all sorts of "issues". I first noticed her crop and how thin she was about three weeks ago and began trying to treat her. No telling how long she had been like this.
     
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  7. tigerlilly2588

    tigerlilly2588 In the Brooder

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    Oh my gosh! The poor thing!! :eek:Did you drug her first? Weren't you afraid she might go into shock? The stitches look pretty good! Have you ever done anything like that before? Well I sure hope she gets better!!![​IMG]
     
  8. jeaucamom

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    From one crop surgeon to another, GOOD JOB!!! Keep us posted on how she does.
     
  9. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:How did yours do? Did she heal and live?

    Here's a pic I just took of mine. She looked up at me as if to say "what do you want now?"

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    She's walking around and ate a little shredded cheese I gave her. I'm going to withold any food till tomorrow.
     
  10. helkat

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    Wow! I am impressed! I hope she pulls through and heals nicely!
     

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