Hi guys. My only egg laying hen has a really big crop. We are 99% sure that it’s sour crop. Do you have any tips to get rid of it. Here’s a picture it might be kind of blurry but you can see her really big crop.
Thanks in advance!
Checking a crop during the day is not a good way to guage crop function since chickens eat/drinking all day and the crop can be at various stages of fullness.Its been like that for about 2 days and I give them oyster shell grit every morning and her crop is the size of a baseball and when I checked it tonight it was mostly empty.
I would check it first thing before she eats/drinks, you may be surprised to find it empty. I have a few that are very good layers and they go to roost each night with very full crops only to find them empty by morning.thanks So much this is reassuring I was looking on YouTube and looks like Blue Andolusions are prone to get sour crop there’s a blue andulsion on almost every picture of a video about sour crops. thing is I really don’t see her eat much ( but I’m out of the house for half of the day) but I’m sure her crop would be empty because it’s empty right now tyshe just started laying a week ago could that be a reason it’s so big? Thanks for answering at this time! I’ll make sure to go to the store to buy some better grit for them over the weekend.
You would still want to check to see if it's empty in the mornings. Sour crop would make the breath smell sour - basically it's a crop that has "fermented" or become yeasty due to the food not moving on out. An impacted crop which is hard, can become sour, just like a soft and doughy one can.I want to get something straight when chickens have an sour crop is their crop always hard filled with food with no chance of the food being digested or is the crop soft and squishy most of the time?