Hard HUGE crop... Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenwhisperer123, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    When I went to tuck the chickens for the night one of the hens was sleeping outside with the ducks. I picked her up and she had a huge (baseball sized (about)) really hard lump... She is in the mudroom with 4 five week old bantams and is doing good. She has been pecking at shavings and food, but she hasnt pooped or drank anything...
    What can I do?
    What is the problem?
    Help please this has never happened to me before!!
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2009
  2. raroo

    raroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    It sounds like an impacted crop, if you do a topic search there is lots of good info on how to treat it.
    Good luck, I hope she does okay!
  3. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    I dont have Apple Cider Vinegar, I dont have Yogurt, and I dont have Tomatoes.
    Anything else anyone? I need help!!
  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Any other ideas?
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2009
  5. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    First, please calm down. It may be nothing. Mine return from a day of freeranging with huge hard crops every night. It means they ate a lot that day.

    I don't mean to sound condesending but you do know that's called a "crop" and that's where they store their food? If not, welcome to chicken anatomy. I'm guessing, since you called it a "big hard lump" you may not have known that. Leave her alone and she'll be fine. It's only when the crop doesn't go down over night and a smell starts to come from their mouth and they can't eat or drink that it's an impacted crop and needs attention.

    Just sounds like she pigged out. Let her sleep it off.
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  6. chickenhick

    chickenhick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    This is from another website, I have no idea if it will work, but here it is...hope this helps:

    If you suspect impacted crop, administer two eye-droppers full of mineral oil (NOT MINERAL SPIRITS!) by forcing an eye-dropper down the chickens gullet, and massage the hard lump between your fingers to soften it up and help her pass it. Repeat if necessary the following day. If the crop remains hard and the chicken appears distressed, then you may resort to the above treatment or take it to a vet.

    It came from www.poultryhelp.com
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2009
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I haven't had a chicken with an impacted crop so I can't advise you reliably. But if she's not acting distressed or upset you might just want to keep her comfortable until morning and see if there's a change in her crop then. Often my chickens will have huge heavy crops at bedtime, it seems they like to fill up their tanks before they go to sleep. And then they're none the worse for wear the next day. I hope that's the case for your hen.
  8. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Jason, check her crop in the morning and see if it has gone down any.

    There's not much you can do for her tonight. Make sure she has plenty of water, remove all food, and don't let her eat shavings! That may be what has caused her impacted crop. See if she poops tonight.

    Have you done the search for how to treat an impacted crop? You can massage it, you can give her some olive oil to try to soften it, but generally speaking, it is difficult to save a bird with an impacted crop. I speak from experience.
  9. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    If you can get her take sips of water and massage her crop this softens the food inside.
    Get her to take as much water as you can and work the crop till you can feel it's mushy.
    Sometimes this helps it to get moveing i recently had to do it to a roo.
    I used a syringe and squirted small amounts of water in his mouth and waited till he swallowed.
    Then i massaged his crop and by the next morning he was fine.
  10. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Quote:Meaning no disrespect - but please do NOT do this. Her crop is not impacted, just full - plus this is no task for a beginner. If you get fluid down the windpipe it will kill her.

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