HELP!!!!! **update**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lurky, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I have been reading back posts about inpacted crops. Alot of people write about why....but what do you do about it at home? I read about massaging it.....does that help? Is that all you can do? I have a chicken with this problem right now. I think i will lose her by morning so i need to try everything i can tonight. I knew she was acting odd......but i thought it was my first broody. So i first notived her oddness on wed or thurs and today i realized that the only thing consistant about her was a very full crop. I work 9 hours on thurs and fri so i was not able to see if she has been going out to eat, but she always seems to be in the nest box acting like she was sitting on eggs......but no eggs are there. So i want to set up a cage and bring her in. Would it make sense to give her water but no food to keep her from packing it harder?

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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Are you sure she is not broody? They will sit on nests that are empty, does she growl when you get near? Take all food away over night and if her crop is still big, then you are right and she is impacted.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Make sure she isn't broody first like Silkie says...You can go to Poultryhelp.com, under the Help pages or Help links there is information about an impacted crop and what to do...
     
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Hi....yes she does growl a little and seemed a little grumpy. I will take her food away. I hope that she is just broody, but she seemed to be in her nest so much.....i dont think her crop would be so full if she did not eat. Is that all i can do? Can she still have water tonight?
     
  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:Thank you, i will go look. I was looking in the old posts out of panic. I am so worried because she has been like this for days, so if it is her crop.......she might be starving. Thanks for telling me where this info is.
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Your welcome Lurky ...it will tell you all about impacted crop and what to do....also says her crop should have a sour smell if its impacted...I have the poultryhelp site in my favorites just incase I have questions about something ....
     
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  7. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I just went out to the coop and took the food out. I want to check her in the am. I read all the info and i think she is probably broody. I did not know that they would sit on nothing. I felt all the others crops and i dont think she is any different than the others. So with the help from you both, i am comfortable thinking she is broody. I guess with all the horror stories i have read, i expected it to be worse than this. I will sleep better tonight....so thanks for that too. Everything will be a first for a while, so better safe than sorry. Whew!
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Haha, no worries, broodys do come out and eat when they get hungry, and you probably picked her up after she stuck out and gobbled up a whole day and nights worth of feed. To make sure though, you can always withhold feed for the night.
     
  9. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Oh they set on air!!...lol...they don't have to have an egg under them....Glad thats what it is....now ya just got to contend with a broody or give her some eggies....lol
     
  10. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:If this is broody.......she is not too bad. I was able to move the stuff in her crop with my fingers.... so that made me feel better too. This chicken raising thing will be less stressful after i go through all this and know how to recognize all these things. Its kinda scary to think of how helpless we are if they get an impacted crop. Your really helpless unless you are brave enough to do surgery.
     

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