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Impacted crops

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by katiemac, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. katiemac

    katiemac Hatching

    Jan 19, 2015
    I just had two chickens die from impacted crops. (At least that's what I'm suspecting)
    I'm fairly new at having backyard chickens. I've been taking advice from my dad who had chickens when he grew up. And he's never had this problem.

    They always have fresh water and food and are let out to graze occasionally. I feed them laying crumble and incorporate grit by tossing some on the ground in the pen.

    I just don't know why their crops are getting impacted or souring.
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Impacted crop is different than Sour crop.

    Impacted crop can be caused by a number of things including ingesting tough grasses, sawdust, straw, even gorging themselves on foods.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    An impacted crop can go sour tho, I think, becoming infected with bacteria and or fungus/yeast.

    Why so you think you birds died from this.....need more info.
    Was a necropsy preformed?

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