- Jul 12, 2010
Ok. Here is the situation. I had 2 deaths in the last 4 days. The odd thing is that they were the 2 chickens that I did crop surgery on about 6 months ago. They both had lost weight and appeared to be impacted/sour again. My americauna died Sunday night during TS Irene.... and my red girl died today. Back 6 months ago they both got impacted and had surgery within a few days of each other. They both seemed to do fairly well. My americauna girl was even broody in the spring and had a great summer up until last week. My red girl had issues with getting sour(did not seem to empty well with the baggy crop) but did great after I got her a crop bra. She always had runny stool since surgery, but had a great summer up until the first of this week. I am glad that I did the surgeries and that they go another 6 months that they would not have gotten if I had not... I am just wondering if anyone has had any experience with chickens post crop surgery. Are there other reasons that they may have gotten impacted that are now just reappearing. I actually tried emergency crop surgery on my americauna as she was almost drowning from the fluid backup. I gave her some relief, but she still succumbed to her ? illness. Also, would they be more prone to illnesses or what not that would cause them to get sick easier. I did have 2 other deaths earlier in August. One was a 7 week old chick ( very sad... my first hatched by my chickens chick and she had been doing awesome until one day she was off and the next she was dead... her poor momma hen was a bit upset) and a columbian about a week after that. I had deaths this time last year so I thought maybe it is related to something that is out this time of year... a plant that is toxic or something... My RIR was a bit off for a while but appears to be fine now.( at least she was enjoying her foraging and worms in the compost pile tonight)... So back to the post-op girls.. does anyone out there have any experiences they can add to help me to understand if this is common or not. Thanks for listening.