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Impacted or sour crop?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenLover200, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi! It has been a long time since ive been on here :)
    So, first of all, theres this hen that comes to the door every time i go in the one coop. Tonight when i sort of gently pushed her back (not wanting her to get out of course), i felt that her crop was quite "bloated" feeling as my brother described it upon asking his opinion. My first thought was some sort of imapcted or sour crop. I dont have much experience with that though, so id like to know your opinions.
    Here are the current details of the situation

    -the hen is still active, seems to be moving normally, etc.
    -my description of the contents of te crop, very grainy mixed with liquid. Almost feels like a bag of sand??
    -her chest is bald, but ive assumed that was because they are moulting? All tye hens seem to have the bald chest and are moulting as of now.

    Im going to check up on her crop in the morning but i did rub it a while hoping it would at least help somewhat, SO, guess we will see in the morning.:/
     
  2. thumperbumper

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    Hi there. I don't have much experience yet (this is my first flock), but I just went through sour crop this weekend with one of our hens. When I realized that is what she had, she was not active at all. She isolated herself, wouldn't eat or drink, and seemed depressed. The fact that yours is active is I would imagine, a good sign.

    The thing that made me realize it was sour crop was that her crop felt like a small water balloon, filled with liquid only. It didn't feel grainy at all (like a stress ball with those little beads in it would). The other hens had full crops in the evening tonight, firm, but not hard, and grainy feeling because they've been filling themselves up all day. My understanding is their crops should be full at night (firm, but not hard, with the grainy feeling), and empty in the morning.

    I made her vomit yesterday after realizing what was going on (I won't do that again btw after reading more about it), and lots of gross, smelly, brownish liquid and bits of grass came out. This morning, her crop was down much more, so I massaged her crop downward, then a bit later, I gave her a little bit of scrambled egg with plain yogurt that had probiotics, and a couple drops of oregano oil. She is doing MUCH better today, but not 100%. I haven't given her any food since the egg mixture either, only water which she's drinking regularly.

    I will see how she is doing tomorrow morning, like you :).

    I hope your hen is doing OK and that it is nothing to worry about.
     
  3. sphinxface

    sphinxface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will second thumperbumper, when my hen had an impacted crop, I knew she was feeling bad right away, she didn't move much, eat, or poop. Her crop was full first thing in the morning. We supeivise their feeding because of rats getting into the feed so I knew it was unusual that her crop was full. It also felt watery, like oatmeal mixed with too much water. I think my girl had eaten a rubber band though, she's ok now after the vet made her throw up ;P
     
  4. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Any ideas what it could be? Im someone who knows more about horses than chickens lol. I know when horses eat hay and feed from te ground, a sand like substance can gather in tyeir stomach but i wasnt sure if the same case could be with chickens as tey are known for eating from tye ground. Ive never encountered anything like this before. It puzzles me quite a bit. Ill check up on her crop this morning :)
     
  5. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Crop is still the same... Isnt it supposed to be empty in the mornings? A third opinion, i asked my father and he said that it does feel like sand in her crop.
    Ive been feeding cracked corn/grit because ive heard it is good for digestion? Maybe thatll help but it worries me that her crop is that full and wont empty as far as i can see.
    She was eating when i left the coop. I was going to try and hand feed some corn but didnt have time before she ran off. Any suggestions as to what it could be? I did read about a hen that had sour crop and to soften the contents of hercrop, drank water and it turned into something where the crop lost its form? I was hoping that isnt what it is because they also said tgere isnt much you can do for them then but it looks to be something quite like that......:/
     
  6. emmaie892000

    emmaie892000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she still acting active?
    I wouldn't worry about the texture of her crop. I often think that an almost full crop feels like a bag of sand, it means the food in it has been ground down to that kind of material. The grit is also something that you shouldn't worry about. A chickens' crop is a secondary stomach. They purposefully swallow grit, like sand and small stones, to grind up the food in their crop. If they have grit, it's a good thing.
    Normally crops do go down overnight, but the fact that your hen is still acting normal is a good sign. She could have a slightly blocked crop. I would feed her some yogurt, and wait another day before taking any other action.

    I would only start to worry too much if she starts acting sick or her crop becomes either really hard or extremely liquid, like a water balloon.
     
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  7. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ys, she seems to be still quite active.
    Is there any kind of specific brand of yogurt she could have? We dont currently have any yogurt unless it is frozen and can be thawed, but im sure my gram would have some.
     
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  8. emmaie892000

    emmaie892000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just plain yogurt, not sweetened or flavored.
     
  9. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Is there any brand/kind you personally suggest?
     
  10. Eggcessive

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    Just read the label and look for "live cultures." Most major brands such as Dannon, Stonyfield, Greek or regular plain yogurt are fine. Buttermilk or Kefir is also good, and many vitamins for poultry contains probiotics, such as Rooster Booster's Vitamins with Lactobacillus. Some of the poultry feeds now contains probiotics as well, such as Purina and Nutrina brands, and probably others which should say on the label or bag.
     

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