Hen dead after cured of sour crop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rubyred5, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Rubyred5

    Rubyred5 In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2014
    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. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    I know you miss your girl. I feel your loss. Just get yourself together and accept it. . As long as your other chicks are well, then it is good. WISHING YOU THE BEST
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  4. Rubyred5

    Rubyred5 In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2014
    Thanks for the link! I tried to post to it earlier, but I'm still not too good at navigating around yet. But I managed this time : )
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    So sorry for your hen![​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

    Your hen may have been fed too much, it may have gone down the wrong way, etc. The very act of force feeding is very stressful to the bird. I'm sorry you lost her. She may have had other things besides crop issues.
  7. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Sorry about your hen! [​IMG]
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined.

    I'm sorry to hear about your hen! She may have had some internal problem. I hope the Emergencies people can help you out!
  10. Rubyred5

    Rubyred5 In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2014
    Thank you for all the replys. She didn't seem to have any breathing problems, she could have had something else internal, and her poop had not returned to normal yet. I'm thinking she was not strong enough to have stayed outside full time, but I thought she would follow the others and start eating the feed on her own and not just
    mealworms on occasion. If there's another occurrence think I will keep them isolated until eating good on their own : /

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