Diagnose my chicken please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Katbird01, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. Katbird01

    Katbird01 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure where to start looking. I'm new to the whole raising chickens thing. We noticed today that one of our BO hens was standing apart from the others and all fluffed up. I picked her up and her crop is soft and spongy. I couldn't feel any food in it but we added some scratch to the pen and she pecked at it. We've moved her into the chicken tractor away from the other birds just in case.

    Any ideas on where to start?
     
  2. K R 2709

    K R 2709 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you feed her scratch be sure to give grit as well or she will get an impacted crop.
     
  3. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might be sour crop. A sour crop will feel like a water balloon, and her breath will smell horrible. If it is not like that, it could also be pendulous crop. that is where the crop will hang way down, and swing from side to side. She most likely won't have much bad breath.
     
  4. Katbird01

    Katbird01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks CityFarmer, after doing some online reading I'm leaning toward sour crop. Reading up on ways to cure it now.
     
  5. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your welcome :) Curing it is hard, but not impossible. I have had some survive, and some not. Hope it goes well! [​IMG]
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If it's a fungal infection you should try to get some fluconazole and Medistatin (Nystatin). Look those up.

    -Kathy
     
  7. Katbird01

    Katbird01 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll do that, Thanks CasportPony.

    I went out there to massage her crop and nothing came out and it seems smaller than before. Could I have dislodged whatever was blocking it when I was first feeling around her crop? She even seems more active now. Hubby and I sat out and watched her for awhile and she was moving around and active.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Check her crop first thing in the morning. Have you dewormed her with Safeguard or Valbazen?

    -Kathy
     
  9. Katbird01

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    We were going to deworm after the first of the year.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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