Help! Serious impacted/sour crop problems

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GardenChickens, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. GardenChickens

    GardenChickens In the Brooder

    May 9, 2015
    I noticed about 3 days ago that my chicken has crop problems. She is very lethargic, watery poop and acting odd in general. I felt her crop and it feels quite doughy and has not been emptying overnight. I have put Apple vinegar in her water, given her oil, taken away food for 24 hours and nothing's happening even after 2-3 days. I got her to throw up a little and it had a very strong and horrible smell, however only juices came out and a clump in her crop is not budging. I'm really confused because her crop feels like it is impacted rip (very doughy) but then it also has the sour crop aspect because it is really smelly. I have been massaging her regularly and she is drinking but nothing is moving.i also gave her plain yoghurt so that she gets some probiotics. What else can I do??? I'm starting to consider surgery but that's really expensive and my vet isn't really specialized in chickens...would her crop work normally after that? Please help, I'm getting very desperate!
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2015

  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Songster

    Dec 12, 2013
    Lancashire, England
  3. Colorado Chick

    Colorado Chick Chirping

    Sep 27, 2014
    I fed a hen with severe sour crop two stool softener tablets (squeeze them into a needle free syringe) a day, then helped her throw up every few hours by holding her upside down and massaging the crop. Between doing that and stool softener the hardened mass went away. Took about 4 or 5 days of treatment.

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