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enlarged crop (full of rocks?)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hoppy, May 4, 2008.

  1. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    I have a brahma hen with a huge crop- big as a softball(bigger then a baseball). it's very firm and does not go down at night. I'm pretty sure she has eaten the gravel in our driveway. I noticed this 2 weeks ago.
    does anyone know, will these stones pass or will she eventually starve when no more food can fit in her crop?
    (she is a bit thin now) she is laying well and eats well,. any advise?
    Last edited: May 4, 2008

  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you saw her eating gravel then she probably had something in her crop she was trying to pass and get down to her gizzard to grind up.

    There are a few good threads here on impacted crops. Try putting her a place by herself where she can eat nothing ut what you give her. Offer her some bread soaked in olive oil to see if it can start lubricating whats in there. You can do soft crop massage and try to help her over the next 48 hours to move whatever is in there. Make sure she does have plenty of water. If that doesn't help, short of a vet that will do surgery for you I can't tell you what to do. There is a thread on the forum with a home surgery on a crop. This is not recommended for just anyone to try to do.

    Hopefully someone else will come along with more ideas.
  4. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    no, I did not see her eat the gravel, but I can't think of what else it could be. there is no doing crop massage, it is hard and I can't do the surgery since that is practicing veterinary medicine without a license even on your own animal. I will keep an eye on her, she still eats and lays so she can't be that bad off. if she gets bad, then I will have her put down. I've talked with several vets about her, they are not interested in doing surgery on birds.

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