How to...crop operation! WARNING GRAPHIC PICS!!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jeaucamom, Nov 2, 2007.

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  1. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    First we set up the sterile field. I am a surgical nurse, so I had access to scalpel, sterile drape, sterile saline, hemostats, tweezers, betadine, sterile 4x4s, and sterile gloves. We found the least feathered spot on top of her crop and had to pluck a few additional ones. I prepped her with betadine and opened her skin first and then her crop. SCAREY MOMENT!! I started to low on the crop and it bled more than I expected and I thought for sure I had just opened her heart. My daughter turned pastey white and I was near tears... but we progressed and yes, it was her crop. The skin is less than paper thin and the crop is thick and muscular. After applying pressure with the 4x4 it stopped bleeding. I extracted 1/2 to 3/4 cup of hay, grass and yuck with hemostats and tweezers. I felt around with my finger and am fairly confident I got it all. I flushed well with Normal saline. I did not close the crop but I started with liquid band aid on the skin and it did not hold, so I put in two dissolvable sutures. I covered with neosporin and she is doing very well. She is drinking and eating and we gave her some liquid vitamins. Will keep you all posted.


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  2. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    OMG! Looks very professionally done. But yuck to your retrieved pile. I'd be sitting like that too, if that'd happened to me (last photo). [​IMG]

    Well done!
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Wow, great job. [​IMG]

    Did you have to give her anything to keep her calm while operating? She seems to have been relaxed.
  4. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    No,we wrapped her in a towel and laid her down on the table and she almost immediately closed her eyes and didn't really open them until we stood her up. She really scared me a couple of times enough to where I nudged her head to see is she was still alive. She would pop her eyes open and then close them right back up. So far so good.
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    WOW. Awesome job! Keep us updated!
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  6. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I hope it all works out. [​IMG]

    Please keep us posted.
  7. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    Some ones been eating hay!
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    You are so brave. I hope she does well, those pics brought tears to my eyes. Karen
  9. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    I think a lot of people will learn from this. It is hard to find a vet to even see a chicken, especially out in the country.
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  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Castrating a pig/cow/goat is FAR different from having a dog or a cat fixed. The testicals are located in a different position all together making it almost impossible for someone not trained in vet med to do that kind of operation on the dog/cat. Castration in livestock is as simple as banding the testical/scrotal sac. It is not invasive and it is not a surgery.

    I applaud the ability to save a hen. Most areas don't even have a vet that will accept poultry much less 'doctor' on them in an emergency.
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