Help for an impacted crop.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nancy P, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Nancy P

    Nancy P In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2016
    Is the crop that long hard organ in front of the chickens throat? I have tried applesauce and stool softener yesterday and epsom salts today and it's still there. What should I do?
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    The crop is on the right side of the "chest/breast" area of the chicken. What you are feeling is most likely bones/esophagus/windpipe.
    A normal crop will feel and like a "ball" or "lump" on the breast when the chicken has eaten and is full. It will gradually go up and down as the day goes along when she eats/drinks/poos. At night the crop should be full and in the morning feel fairly empty.

    Feed her a good poultry feed, provide fresh water, grit and oyster shell (if she is laying eggs). Limit treats to no more than 10-15% of daily intake.

    Here's some links that show pictures of what a crop looks like:
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  3. CleoneCluck

    CleoneCluck In the Brooder

    Sep 23, 2015
    comment on the procedures outlined in chicken-chick's link given (see post above):

    i strongly advise against "pouring a squirt down the chicken's throat";

    if the chicken aspirates which is highly probable, it's dead in a minute or two.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2016

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