I have a rooster with a huge, bigger than a softball crop. over the past few months I have pulled out long strands of grass and some grit from flushing and sucking out contents. Brought him to 3 vets who had never done crop surgery and just flushed crop. The bird is skinny but still alive, eats and poops, sometimes bad clear water poo, often somewhat normal poo. Breathing is very slightly wheezy. He "honks" instead of crows. after many tubes down his throat and scares of suffocation I stopped the flushes. After days reading all posts I feel psyched up and capable of the surgery (since my vets won't, and I am out of work and have trouble paying my own health care costs!) Question is: Should I operate? The bird is still alive with this condition. Worried it will just come back. I've done my best to eliminate issues and prevent it in other birds. Don't want to inflict undo harm. Vet took X-ray which showed grit in gizzard and no other blockages. Crop had grit but the clay-like mass felt in crop does not show up on xray. I read that fungal infections can prevent proper crop movement and just using nystatin works. My bird has no bad odor or visible sores in mouth. Should I try that first? anyone use a crop sling that has pictures? Has anyone had a bird like this for this long? As a new member I feel so close and grateful to all of you sharing your stories and info, Thank you!!! p.s. this is an Araucana/ americana/ easter egger type, seems like SO many crop impactions people wrote about happend in these birds?