Impacted crop... AGAIN!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Floc Quebecois, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Floc Quebecois

    Floc Quebecois Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok folks!

    It's time to give your opinion about what we should do... Let's do a poll!

    Easter is impacted AGAIN! It's been going on and off for a month now! We did try oil, massages, soft food... We slowly brought her back to regular food... She's acting fine: eats, drinks, no discharge, etc, but her crop is impacted AGAIN! Plus, she still has that cough that seems worse when I try to massage her neck.

    The question: should we try to operate her?

    What you guys think/would do with that stubborn hen with a stubborn crop?!?
    We just think it's such a big deal (to operate or not) and having a few opinions might just help us to finally give it a try (and jump over our fears...)

    Thanks y'all!!!
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Once a bird has crop problems there is a very good chance that the bird will have them again. You can do the surgery if you are up for it, but she will likely continue to have problems. The cough is not a great sign. I am thinking food may be getting pushed into her trachea during the massages. She is going to end up with aspiration pneumonia if that continues.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do. It is never an easy decision to perform surgery on a chicken.
     
  3. Floc Quebecois

    Floc Quebecois Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah... You are probably right... so maybe our only chance to somewhat save her is the operate her crop then? I mean, it is kind of our last resort. I also read that once a crop has been enlarged for quite some time, it's hard to get it back to normal and might never works properly. Maybe we already waited to long... [​IMG]

    Thanks for your input: I kinda never thought about the food getting in her trachea because of the massages... Good to know!
     
  4. Floc Quebecois

    Floc Quebecois Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody else with an opinion?
     
  5. THELMA

    THELMA Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a girl with presistant crop problems. For impacted crop i give her maggots it clears it over night without the need to massage. If she gets sour crop I give her daktarin oral gel for a couple of days and it usualy clears it. She is a pet so I Keep going with her as she still has a good quality of life between bouts of crop problems. I think my little girls crop is damaged and, therefore, not working properly and that is why have these ongoing problems. Shes my favorite though so I dont mind
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Maggots?

    Oh, do tell.
     
  7. kgardiner

    kgardiner Out Of The Brooder

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    Thelma, is Daktarin a prescibed anitbiotic?
     
  8. THELMA

    THELMA Out Of The Brooder

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    http://littlehenrescue.co.uk/after.aspx

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    down to see the section on impacted crop. It really does work Iv tried it.
    Daktarin gel is an antifungal for children its not on prescription in the UK maybe its not available there.
    Nystatin is the prescription antifungal for sour crop that we get here. My little hen has had this problem for two years and is still going strong so its possible to sort. Good luck
     
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  10. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    THELMA- I have never heard of using maggots in crop impactions, but your post earlier made me curious enough to look into it. Wow. Fascinating and sensible. I believe I have another tool to add to my arsenal in the battle to keep the birds healthy and happy. Thanks for the info.
     

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