impacted crop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Elly, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Elly

    Elly Out Of The Brooder

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    There was a post on an impacted crop...I don't want to start up any arguments, I just want to know if it happens very often and how can it be pervented.

    I read that it was hay...I have seen my chickens peck at hay, not sure if they are eatting it, should I keep them away from it.

    I also read that giving them some hay during the winter was good. I was going to do this, but am thinking twice about it if this can happen.

    What were the signs that this hen had this problem.

    I hope someone can answer these questions...till then my girls will have to stay away from the hay/barn.

    thanks
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    With access to lots of grit they usually can grind up and pass stuff without a problem. Short pieces of hay, or lawn clippings that aren't mulched when given can also cause probelms if a massive amount are consumed. Some hay is fine as they peck and scratch seeds and bugs out of it, with a few large softer leaves if htey cna find it. Just make sure they have grit.

    A hen who has an impacted crop will have a full crop in the morning after 12 hours without food.
     
  3. Norman

    Norman Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the info...I feel better about letting my girls out of thier run.
     
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I have started to drizzle some oil...either canola or olive oil..over some broken up bread pieces about once a month for my flock. They just love it and it seems to keep things moving!
     

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