Impacted Crop Surgery?!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Forgotten Orchard, May 24, 2010.

  1. Forgotten Orchard

    Forgotten Orchard In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2009
    Magna, Utah

    I have a 9 month old dark Brahma who seems to have an impacted crop.

    Situation: grass clipping early Sat morning
    2. Full crop till late afternoon
    3. removed all food for pen
    4. Still pooping fine massive crop softball size

    Sunday morning
    1. Still full crop no sour smell just a wet grass smell from mouth eats bread covered with olive oil
    2. massaged crop every hour
    3. crop is smaller and fills like a bean bag
    4.poop is runny and light green some time just white
    5. gave water and baking soda
    6. massaged
    7. turned upside down
    8. liquid
    9. rest
    10. Give vitamin water
    11. crop a little larger than a golf ball, can feel rock like object in crop

    I don't know what to do next. Do I do surgery in the morning (scary) or just keep working with her? She in not lethargic and is drinking fine. If I need to do surgery is there anyone close to magna utah that would not mind supervising?

    Any advice is welcome....
  2. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    I know if it were me I would hold off on the surgery. I would keep massaging and trying different things. Have you done a search on here on Impacted crop or sour crop? I would keep giving the vitamin water, sugar water, I would offer yogurt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar at different times. And I would keep massaging the crop. I have had chickens recover this way, but they usually kept having problems.
    Someone posted a detailed operation here under: Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures ยป Helpful References & Links . I hope I never have to do this, but I am glad it was posted here, just in case [​IMG]
    Good luck
  3. Forgotten Orchard

    Forgotten Orchard In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2009
    Magna, Utah

    Chicken was still impacted this morning

    1. gave apple sauce
    2. massaging crop again today

    Thanks for the advice Denis I think we will wait a little longer
    Last edited: May 24, 2010

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: