Hen dead after being cured of sour crop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rubyred5, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Rubyred5

    Rubyred5 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Ameracauna hen Cinnabon had runny poop, so I brought her inside. I read all posts on possibilities (she had almost all symptoms of vent gleet) and began treatments for that. She only wanted mealworms, could not get her to eat anything else. 3 days later she stopped eating or drinking. I began force feeding powdered layena, electrolytes, yogurt/applesauce/boiled egg yolk. The smell clued me in that it was sour crop. Continued force feeding, had a few firm stools, began feeding 1/3 yeast infection suppository in early morning and afternoon till gone. Stools returned watery. Had heater on her for warmth. As her strength returned, I put her in yard with others during warm part of day and returned her inside at night, for several days. Then let her spend night in coop (always with a hen on each side for warmth). Weight dropped to 2# 11 oz., fed her 60 ml. for next several days. Every couple/3 days I would bring her in, weigh her, force feed her (crop was never full), water and Layena and return her to coop as long as it was 40 degrees or above. Finally saw her peck more than just couple times at feed, but still would ravenously go after the mealworms only. Began ACV water for all birds 4 days ago. Brought her in last night when I saw that she was wet, (rained earlier), she had some mealies earlier in day, so could barely feel anything in crop. Blowed her dry, gave her moistened pellets, but no go. Added mealworms to it and she went crazy for the worms as usual, but careful so as to only get worms. So, slowly force fed another 55ml of Layena and water, and massaged crop, weighed 3# 1.6 oz. after feeding. She acted like she couldn't keep her eyes open at end of feeding, (had done this before with no problem). Returned her to coop (41 degrees last night). She seemed to be improving, then found her this morning. Not able to do necropsy, so left wondering why did I lose her? Any suggestions from more experienced chicken owners? Was she too weak to be returned to coop yet? Maybe I rushed her recovery? Hate the not knowing...
     
  2. azygous

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    Why can't you get a necropsy? That's the only definitive way you'll know. Other than that, you are left to guess, and yours is better than ours because you knew more about your hen.

    A lot of us have lost hens after treating them for sour crop, and many times it's because sour crop is secondary to another more serious disease. That's why a necropsy is so valuable. Most university agricultural labs will do it for a nominal fee.
     
  3. Rubyred5

    Rubyred5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hubby carried her off, then I thought to do it myself, but by time I got her back there wasn't enough daylight (not doing that inside house), and she was already beginning to have an odor, and also knew he wouldn't allow her to go to frig/freezer, so gave up on that idea. Hoped the experienced breeders could offer some ideas and preventions so there is not a repeat... Hadn't read where sour crop could have been secondary problem. I only know of one egg that she laid, then shortly after runny poop and 4 wks of trying to get her better.
     
  4. Rubyred5

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    I will get info on nearest University that will do it and info on how to send in future
     

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