got up 2 go 2 work glad 2 c i had a reply im new 2 the chicken biz therefore chickenstupid so just the crop huh how about the squishy under the butt? she seems happy & eating good layer pellets grit &oyster shell she does have a bald spot on the crop normal? im sure i'll need lots of advice n the future as im planning on lots of chics sofar 3coronation sussex 5rir 8cochins 9auracaunas & 7or 8mix finally getting a few eggs learned alot about possums o yeah one polish one mille fluer thanx 4 the reply
not sure about the bottom, but if the crop (throat) area is squishy, it may be sour crop. do a search, tons of information. I would wait until tommorow morning and check their crops before they eat. if it is still squishy and full that may be just what it is.
Is the bare spot on the breast bone? Birds actually balance on their breast bone when they roost so you may need to check and make sure the roost is wide enough, I think 2x2 is standard, someone may be able to correct me on that one. Also, if a bird is going broody they will pull feathers when sitting on eggs, something about keeping the egg close to skin? Just some thoughts, please BYC correct me if I am wrong.
My girl had sour crop and it felt like a water balloon. it also smelled a little like sour milk after a few days with it. I seperated her into a dog crate and with held food for 24 hrs only giving her access to apple cider vinegar water (the raw unfiltered kind - Braggs is a good brand) to kill off any bacteria that was forming. on day two I gave her yogurt to get the good bacteria back in her crop, then for a few days after that just soft foods, scrambled eggs, oatmeal. everyday I would massage her crop to get whatever was stuck in there moving.
just got n from work read some things last nite bout different things bout sour crop held my chicken upside down & turned her back uprite & low & behold she blew chum on my 8 year old girls leg yuk what causes sour crop? like i said before im new 2 chickens & thanx 2 all who replied with info very helpful i'll be getting some apple cider vin 2morrow & try my hand at worming also im hooked on chickens o yea the 1 balding on the crop is the one sitting so hopefully she is plucking them out herself