Hen with crop problems

Idakoyuu

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Sep 23, 2021
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My 4 year old black sexlink recently started having some crop troubles and Im not sure what's going on. 11/18 I noticed she was pretty lethargic, which is obviously concerning so I gave her a check. I noticed her crop was very squishy, but small. I left her and waited to check her in the morning and again, the same thing. She's not eating much, drinking lots and has low activity. I checked her again and for a few days in a row now she's had a small hard crop. Ive given her coconut oil for a few days now and it seems to have softened her crop up but she's still not passing whatever is stuck. Her poops are mostly water. She has no abdominal swelling or abnormalities, no penguin stance.. she hasn't laid recently, I'm assuming because its winter and nobody is laying. She's also losing feathers, but she's molted already. Every time she shakes out or fluffs up she drops feathers, and she lost most of her fluffy "cape" feathers. Her comb and wattles are nice and bright so im not sure what's going on. She doesn't have sour crop, just slow crop. And she doesn't seem to have a full on impaction.. anyone have any ideas? she's been dewormed already. Could external parasites cause this?
 

nchls school

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The lose of feathers does sound like it could be parasites. Lice and mites often are found on chickens that are ill as they stop taking care of themselves. I would treat her for parasites, but I believe there is more to this. Possibly raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar would help with the digestion. Probiotics might also be helpful.

I'm sure other members will have other ideas.

If you're in cold location, putting the hen in a warm location will also help speed up digestion.
 

Idakoyuu

In the Brooder
Sep 23, 2021
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The lose of feathers does sound like it could be parasites. Lice and mites often are found on chickens that are ill as they stop taking care of themselves. I would treat her for parasites, but I believe there is more to this. Possibly raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar would help with the digestion. Probiotics might also be helpful.

I'm sure other members will have other ideas.

If you're in cold location, putting the hen in a warm location will also help speed up digestion.
Ive given her Probiotics and can try acv, I previously put it in her water to see if it would help. Thanks for the advice
 

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