Impacted Crop Treatment

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickens102403, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. chickens102403

    chickens102403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, One of my chickens died recently and after doing some research I found out that it was an impacted crop. Soon after, 2 others died with the same symptoms. Unfortunately, another one is sick. I hope that one of you knows the best and most effective way to treat this. I have tried to give it bread soaked in olive oil, but it won't eat it even though it eats regular food well. All though I don't want to take such extreme measures, I would consider surgery. However this is the last resort. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  2. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vet prescribed paraffin oil which I put onto some corn kernels. My hen gobbled it up quick smart! I was then told to gently massage her crop, and overnight a whole mess of food (but mostly corn) passed through her, but her crop remained impacted.

    I ended up paying for crop surgery for her. She then had 4 days on antibiotics and pain relief, and ten days later had her stitches removed. During that time she was happy to eat her vegetables (cucumber, lettuce, cabbage) and a few layer's pellets which she was given free access to, but was not given any scratch or whole wheat.

    She lost a little weight (which is to be expected) but is otherwise doing fantastic! It cost a bomb ($280AU) but I love her to bits, so it was a small price to pay to see her well again.

    - Krista
     
  3. chickens102403

    chickens102403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for your advice, I'll try the oil. Thanks again!
     

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