Issue with crop or is she broody??

Doodledoo4

Chirping
Apr 14, 2021
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She just passed a pretty loose stool but doesn’t look like anything too out of the ordinary? I’m guessing if she passes something related to the obstruction I’ll be able to tell? Good news is she is drinking pretty good
 

Doodledoo4

Chirping
Apr 14, 2021
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Wisconsin
The poop indicates something is going on. It's not in the range of "normal".
Yes I was sitting out with her and she has also been expelling just a light yellow liquid. I heard back from our vet who I’d recommending we soak her in warm water and we can drop her off for an exam in the morning. Hopefully she does ok until then
 

Doodledoo4

Chirping
Apr 14, 2021
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Wisconsin
Visited the vet today and she couldn’t find evidence of a stuck egg. She did find coccidia in the stool and noted crop stasis. We got some medication to try to help with these and will try to nurse her back to health for the next couple days and reassess her Saturday to see if what next steps we want to take. She is concerned the crop stasis is secondary to another condition we might not be able to treat. Hoping she will respond well to treatment
 

Doodledoo4

Chirping
Apr 14, 2021
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Wisconsin
So far I feel like she is maybe looking a LITTLE better with her treatment, but it’s really hard to say. On Wednesday the vet mentioned she thought it was worth trying the meds for a few days and offered to euthanize her Saturday if she wasn’t better. I’m just not sure how to judge what sort of improvement should expect and how much longer I should keep her alive if she’s not going to get better. I feel like she is moving a little bit more, she is eating some blueberries and mealworms, and fought me a little more when I gave her her medication today.

i am also getting worried about how it would go to reintroduce her to the flock if she does recover. I let her out in the backyard to walk around a bit last night and somehow our rooster and another hen found her and were beating up on her pretty good. I feel horrible having to confine her to this cage but seem to be getting more emotionally attached as a I care for her.
Any advice? We are fortunate all our chicks have survived this long with no issues and I was feeling more prepared for a predator attack or something rather than an illness.
 
May 5, 2021
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It would be highly unusual for one so young to go broody. I've had many broodies and they don't look sleepy like your girl does. If you touch them they growl and puff themselves up, and some will peck you. If you take them off their nest to have a break they will sit for a few moments and then realise it's break time, then they will get very busy eating, drinking, dust bathing, then go back to sit on their nest once all their needs have been attended to.

I did have one first time broody recently that I thought was dead because she puts her head down on the bedding with her neck stretched right out, which is weird. The first time I saw her doing this I grabbed her to remove her from the nestbox thinking she was dead and she growled quietly at me, so I realised she was very much alive. :lol:

Hopefully someone will be along soon with some advice, as this is not my area of expertise. If her crop doesn't shrink overnight I'd be very concerned about it having slowed/become impacted.
My 6 girls are about 21 weeks and i was concerned about impacted crop as well. I came out to coop this AM and fortunately it has emptied, but i worry cause how much lower her crop hangs than the other girls. I read maybe hers empties slower. Either way, i will be having a crop bra made soon. There is a link on one of the threads here where the lovely person sews them for her lovely 12 yr old chicken! I took screen shots of her design. I will add the pic and maybe you can find the thread.
 

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