Glenda Heywood THE CROP SURGERY IS VERY NECCESSARY IF YOU HAVE BEEN FEEDING GREEN GRASS AND NO GRIT AS IT BALLS UP IN THE CROP AND CAN'T GO THRU TO THE GIZZARD ???? now with that said for those that do not know about the crop surgery I will post this here also the crop flushing FLUSHING FOR SOUR OR IMPACTED CROP IS THIS very simple mix the 1 pt of warm water 1/2 cup of baking soda mix good and fill a child'sd ear syringe with the baking soda water put the chicken on the table in front of you if there is some one to hold the chicken it is easier to do now take the filled syringe and put it in the back of the throat of the chicken ex[ell all the water now lay the syringe down take your hand and bring it up tightly against the crop of the chicken. all the while pushing on the hand to breing up the spoiled feed etc out of the crop the chicken will not hold it back but as chickens do not vomit you are the one bringing the spoiled feed out the beak do not turn the chicken upside down. chickens do not throw up but you have to push it out the beak do the flushing at least three times and let the bird rest DO NOT FEED IT FOR 24 HRS let it rest and then only feed it one sliced of bread soaked in milk into the milk cut a 1000 mg capsule of Vitamin E and crush 1 tablet of selinium and mix with the soaked bread feed this twice a day for a week also have 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in qt of water by now he is getting better then you can see if he does alright on the crumble chicken feed. DO NOT FEED Him ANY WHOLE OR CRACKED GRAINS ALL THIS IF IT IS A LARGE BALL OF GRASS IT WILL NEED SURGERY the surgery is best done when you have some one to hold the chicken on a table I had no problem doing this as I did it on young pigeons which get large grains stuck in the crop hole remember that there are two layers of skin to cut the outter skin and the skin over the crop make sure the insision is large enough to take out the large size ball of grass then use 1 pat water and 2 parts iodine wash to clean the crop be fore stiching the flesh up again and keep the skin flushed twice daily and it will heal *** YOU NEED TO STUDY AND DO THIS NOW CROP SURGERY??? AT WORST SIDE you may have to do this: A Items Needed: Betadine solution Isopropyl Alcohol Gauze Pads Razor blade or Exacto-knife Tweezers (surgical - if available, find at Vet Supply or Pet) Hand Towel Sutures or Heavy weight Thread Sharpie sewing needle that will accommodate thread Scissors Antibiotic ointment access to warm water, preferably a kitchen sprayer To perform the surgery, a "surgeon" and "assistant" are needed. The assistant holds the bird, wrapped in a hand towel,from behind being sure to keep the wings secure and unflapping. (1. Approximately 1/3 of the way down the crop, located on the right the breast; push back the feathers and have the assistant hold the feathers away from the site. Place a few drops of betadine solution on a gauze pad and clean the dermis of the crop at the site of the incision. (2. Wipe the area with an alcohol pad. Allow to dry. (3. Holding the skin slightly spread, cut through the outer dermis with the cutting tool. The opening needs to be only 3/4" - 1" in length. (The incision that we made was more horizontal than vertical.) The skin is fairly tough, so you may have to apply several strokes. The tool will pass through the outer dermis and you might encounter adipose (fat) and then flesh before entering the crop. (4. Once the crop has been opened, material may start to be seen through the opening. Place the bird over the sink and massage the crop so that the contents move towards the opening. The surgeon can grab the contents and dispose in the sink. Once the material is removed, rise the site thoroughly with warm water. Additional material may come to the surface, massage the crop to feel if there are any additional contents. (Tweezers may be needed to remove blades of grass or in our case a cigarette filter.) -Be careful not to tear the skin around the site with the massaging. (5. Rinse the site again. Pat dry with a gauze pad. Take a minimum of a dime size dose of antibiotic ointment and "pack" the site - lightly smearing the cream or ointment into the site. (6. Thread your needle, cutting a 12" section of doubled thread. Knot the end, leaving a 1/2" tail. Place 3-4 stitches through the dermis, catching the lining of the crop. End the stitches with a knot on the opposite end from which you started. (7. Allow the "patient" to recuperate isolated from the flock. Use newspaper for bedding, offer water and withhold grain. Offer plain yogurt 6-8 hours after. Yogurt and mash/grain can be offered on day 2. Water at all times. (8. Keep an eye on the incision, being sure that there is no tearing or redness. The stitches can be removed 7 days after surgery. Apply antibiotic ointment to the site. We put our girl back with the flock on day 4, watching her closely. I hope that this helps for future reference. and the surgery you probably won't need but will include.