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Impacted Crop - Second surgery or try stool softener?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WiChickenFarm, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. WiChickenFarm

    WiChickenFarm In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2013
    Green Bay / Appleton, WI
    I have a hen that had an impacted crop. She was very thin, comb drooping, lethargic. We kept her in a dog crate in the basement overnight with only water, no food, and the crop was as full in the morning as it was the night before, about baseball size and hard, confirming our suspicion of impacted crop. So that evening (2 nights ago) we did surgery and pulled out mainly grass contents from her crop. However, it still seems that the crop won't empty. I gave her about 3 tablespoons of soft food yesterday over the course of the day, none today since her crop didn't seem to shrink over night last night, and still golf ball sized this afternoon. She did start having some solid poop yesterday after only watery poops the days before, so I'm thinking at least some food is moving through her now? She's drinking water and still more alert than before the surgery.

    I'm wondering if I didn't get all of the blockage out initially. Thoughts on if I should go back in and try to clear it again? Or better to try the Docusate Sodium stool softener I've seen mentioned in other posts and see if that will break down whatever is left in there?

    I'm guessing she may have had the impacted crop for at least awhile before we noticed it as some feathers were worn off in the area so we didn't need to remove any to make the incision for the surgery. Possible it's been stretched for so long, she may just need more time to get back to normal? (If she even will get back to normal.)

    I've read a bunch of threads on the topic, but couldn't find much on anyone needing to go in a second time, at least so soon after the first.

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