Impacted crop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Michelle2639, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Michelle2639

    Michelle2639 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my girls appears to have an impacted crop. It's softball size and hard. I've never had to deal with this before. She's my anti-social hen too, so it's a bear to handle her. I don't know if I feel comfortable doing anything invasive but I have read to try giving them oil and massaging the crop a couple times a day. I'm going to try that. Is there anything else I should try and how long should I give it before I make the decision to cull? Thanks
     
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    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    One must figure out why the crop is impacted, which can be tricky. I treat mine by tubing fluids, and as long as there are no internal obstruction this will usually clear the crop in a day. Water is key!

    -Kathy
     
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  5. Michelle2639

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    Thanks for sharing the info.
     
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    Thanks. I hadn't heard of using the dulcolax before.
     
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  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have to interject something here, though. Many times, an impacted crop is not the true issue, only a symptom of a more serious underlying one. The crop is a barometer of how the body is working. It is just what we can see for ourselves. Crops can stop working, causing an impaction, not necessarily an impaction causing the crop to quit working.

    I've cleaned out crops and they never did work again because the problem was not really the crop but the system of the bird was failing due to some underlying issue, like reproductive cancer or other internal issue or highly advanced pendulous crop where the muscles just do not work any longer (common in some lines of blue Orps I used to raise). Just an FYI.
     
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  9. casportpony

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    I agree 100%, the problem is usually not the crop, but something else.

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  10. Michelle2639

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    So, where should I start first in determining the underlying issue? I'm relatively new to chickens, about a year and a half. I only have 5 and like I said before, no one has ever had this issue. Any advice is sincerely appreciated.
     

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