Hen With Impacted Crop, Need Advice and Support.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PineBurrowPeeps, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. My favorite and best laying hen, Lovie a 1 year old Silver Wyandott whom I got from a neighbor several months ago and then found out upon getting her home that she had been bit by a dog on her rear, maybe some of you remember the post, anyway I am certain she has an impacted crop.
    Three days ago I noticed that she was just off. She was sitting all hunkered down in the corner of the coop, not rushing out when the doors were opened in the morning with the others, not really interested in eating. I picked her up and looked her over but didn't notice anything amiss. I figured maybe it was because it was our first really cold day here and she was cold. She has her head all pulled in like she was cold.
    I started to get a watchful concerned attitude on day two, though she did rush out with the others I was still watching her closely.
    Last night I went to put the chickies away for the night and noticed her all hunkered down again with head pulled in and just looking blah.
    I picked her up and this time immeadiately noticed a problem; her crop was about the size of a baseball and hard as a rock.
    I rushed her inside the house and gave her some water with electrolites and vitamins in it. She drank alot.
    I don't know if I should have but instinct told me to massage her crop gently in a circular motion to maybe help get anything moving. I checked on her once per hour until bedtime. I didn't notice a change. I wanted to give her until morning with lots of water so I set her up in my hospital cage with water and a thick bed of straw and went to sleep.
    I woke this morning to check her and her crop was very noticably smaller but still had grainy feeling parts and a golfball sized lump in it that is moveable.
    I offered her some fresh water and some rolled oats. She drank but wanted nothing to do with the oats. We offered her tiny bits of water soaked bread and she gobbled them down, it was something anyway.
    Though this she has been pooping.
    Last night she pooped two solid normal poops that had nearly no odor and were greyish brown in color.
    This morning she had a really smelly cecal poo and then has pooped a few more times today but it's soft and has a not so pleasant odor. It's not runny, it's not green, it's not mucusy.
    I do not have a vet who will see chickens.
    I am stumped as to what to do. I know she cannot go on like this.
    I have a hunch she either has shavings in there or fallen leaf pieces from the other day when all the chickens were foraging through the leaves, there are definate grainual bits in there that you can easily feel from the outside as well but I imagine that is normal since they eat grit to help break down food.
    I don't know whether I should attempt to remove the blockage myself or not try at all and put her down. Watching her suffer to death is not an option for me, I care too much about her.
    I do have some animal surgical experience, i.e; I have done sutures for spays and neuters of cats and minor skin repairs when I worked with a vet.
    I can get the supplies I need without a problem to attempt to remove the blockage.
    It's just a matter of not knowing what is the right thing to do. I would hate to lose her but at the same time I'm really scared about trying to save her.
    At this point she has nothing to eat but 4-5 small, like this ___ big each soaked pieces of bread and no grain or anyting this entire day, and who knows how long before that. We have offered grain today but she won't have it.
    Her crop should not feel the way it does with the little she has ate.
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try soaking her bread in olive oil. You can add a tablespoon of apple cider vinager to a gallon of what and give her that. That will help clean her crop out and help prevent infection.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Miss Prissy just posted instructions for sour crop somewhere, some of which katrina just posted. Do not feed her anything at all except olive oil on some soft bread and massage the crop. There is a crop operation posted on the top of the Diseases page, stickied up there in fact. Check that out. Here is the link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21291
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2008
  4. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I'm sorry PineBurrow... they are right.. oil soaked bread! Small massages. Pooping is good. a change in the size is good too. good luck to your girl
  5. Could someone please link me to the info for Sour Crop?! I tried doing a search but I'm not finding the instructions for it.
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Let us know how she does.
  7. Right now I have her in my bathtub with some simple bedding, and a bowl of water. I did give her some bread soaked in Olive Oil since she hadn't had anything in so long and she gobbled it down. I also massaged the crop area being careful not to massage upward.
    She obviously ate a ton of course sand or something of the like, all you can feel is grainy pieces that feel exactly like cat litter would.
    She drank a ton when I gave her fresh water.
    I do not have any apple cider vinegar in the house but I'm working on getting my hubs to bring some home after work tonight.
  8. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like you are on the right path.
  9. redwa

    redwa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2007
    Personally I would not give my chickens bread when they are having crop problems. When the crop is not functioning as well as it should be, the last think I would introduce to it is anything that has yeast e.g. bread. I with hold food for 24 hours, only offering fresh water with probiotics. After the first day, I offer watered down chicken mash, yogurt, or cooked eggs with more probiotics, only giving a little at a time, not free feeding. Establish the cycle of feeding a little - watching for poop, emptying of the crop then offer more food. Massaging is good and if you want to use oil either put it on the food or using the avian syringe, put some down her throat. Good luck.

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