Hi all!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Auntbessy, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. Auntbessy

    Auntbessy New Egg

    Jan 9, 2015
    Hi - I am based in Brittany France and am very new to chicken keeping! I have 3 pekin bantams, two silkies, two Belgian Bearded Bantams, a cochin, a brahma cockerel, 2 sussex and a copper maran. At the moment I think one of my bantams is a tad unwell. She is wanting food and looking sprightly but when she stops running around the run she stops and shuts her eyes for a while. I think it may be something to do with her crop? It felt quite bulbous the other day so I gave her olive oil and massaged on a few occasions. The next day the hardness seemed to have gone but felt a bit squishy (difficult to describe) - I am not sure if she has a blockage the other pekins crops feel different to hers - have given her a bit of pineapple but wondered if it could be something else. They have a large outdoor space for the day and they go back into their coop to perch at sunset. They are fed on a complete chicken food, oyster shell and grit and scraps - i.e. pumpkin, cucumber, toms, lettuce, cabbage etc. As I say she is still interested in eating - I do think she has lost weight though - she spent a good couple of months brooding in the summer and started losing weight then. Any tips would be really appreciated!
  2. cutechick53

    cutechick53 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2013
    Sorry I can't really help- but I just wanted to say [​IMG]
  3. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
  4. Auntbessy

    Auntbessy New Egg

    Jan 9, 2015
    Thank you for welcoming me o the group!
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock!! Sorry to hear your hen is off colour :hugs The best time to check crops is when you first let them out in a morning. Their crops should be empty at this point if they still feel full then there is a problem. At the end of the day they should be quite full and often feel hard and full often to the point that you can see them protruding. Hopefully if you check on an evening and then the morning you should see a difference. Posting in the emergencies injuries disease section with symptoms should also help you here is the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures This is also an excellent article on crops by TwoCrows https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments

    Hope she is feeling better soon, enjoy BYC :frow
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2015
  6. Auntbessy

    Auntbessy New Egg

    Jan 9, 2015
    Thanks for your advice - I shall see what her crop is like in the morning ![​IMG]
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Bon jour, welcome to Backyard chickens - I hope your hen's crop issues will work themselves out.
  10. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens


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