Impacted Crop in EE chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cheri14, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Cheri14

    Cheri14 In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2014
    Wimberley, Texas
    I've had chickens for a few years now and I've never had a problem like this before. I got this chick at a day or two of age along with two others. For the first two days I used coastal as nesting material until I got some pine shavings. I noticed her stretching out her neck and making odd head movements about 3 days later. I tried all the usual remedies that you would for an impaction,... vegetable oil and massage, ACV water, watermelon, human baby food, etc. Nothing worked.
    My daughter is a RVT so she took it to her clinic and she and a DVM performed surgery on her. The chick didn't make it, she was just too emaciated. She died at just under 3 weeks. I was shocked at the amount of hay they got out of her crop.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this. When I have chicks in a brooder, I usually use paper towels on the floor with feed spread around their feet for a few days until they are used to eating. ThenI use pine shavings after, but chicks can easily get an impacted crop from eatingf bedding.

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