Mold in Crop?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bedste, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochin Pullet acting sluggish and slow and sleepy and she has an empty crop.

    The coop has been cleaned out of all the hay that was laying on top of the mud and trapping amonia ..... Bantam Rooster has recooperated but suffered from amonia and lack of fresh air... while cleaning out the coop I ran across a layer of mold in the corner near the water container. If my Molly (30 week old blue cochin pullet) has mold in her crop, how should I treat her? And how do I rid the mold from the chicken yard?

    Any suggestions or pointers?
     
  2. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no need to reply she died..
     
  3. tulie13

    tulie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I've been "online" this whole time but was afk and just left it up. Moldy feed and bedding should be removed from the coop and discarded, and anything that it has been on needs to be cleaned and dried. If all of the organic matter is out of the way you can use a dilute bleach solution to kill remaining mold spores, but don't let the birds around it until the stuff has all had a chance to dry.

    There are some toxin flushes that I have seen on the board for cases where a bird has gotten into something really rotten or bad, and these would help to remove the toxins from the mold from their systems if it is making them seriously ill. I think one flush involves molasses, and another uses epsom salts. You might want to search for these posts for future reference.

    If they start actually GROWING mold/fungus in their crops, the best treatment (in my opinion) is acidification with Apple Cider Vinegar - add 2 T. per gallon of drinking water for all of the birds, as the only available source. Also put a dropper full of straight stuff down the beak of anyone that is having symptoms of "sour crop" (bloating/gassiness, bad smell).

    Sorry for the loss of your girl, definitely slow traffic on the boards right now, probably due to the holidays. Is your roo OK?
     
  4. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for replying......

    Roo is back to normal and with the flock.. everyone else is acting fine.

    My Bantam Rooster has 75% recovered but he is finishing up his antibiotics ----so I went ahead and put the entire flock on them for a few days. I really do not want anyone else to die. My Rooster started making really high steps when he walks about two weeks ago..... then he was sick and in the chicken hospital (my one and only bathroom) and he seemed to walk normally.... but now I notice that he is still "marching" . Should I be concerned?

    The ACV is something that I put in their water once a week on a regular basis, so this might have already saved a life or two that I am unaware of. I would like to start putting vitamins in their water once a week also. What do you think about ACV is water twice a week -- then fresh water for a couple days.... and vitamins once a week on a regular basis?
     
  5. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    I use
    ACV three times a week,
    Electrolytes & Vitamins twice a week
     

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