Please can I save Penny! I need your experience Penny is dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by countrygirl57, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. countrygirl57

    countrygirl57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Yesterday I posted that my hen was spitting up mucas & was very sour. The advice Sour Crop. I followed the thread & turned her upside down & massaged her crop, which was squissy,soft & like a small balloon. She expelled a huge amount of mucas, seeds & junk. She rested for an hour & I went back did the same & much more of the same.

    I tried bread soked in olive oil & she wouldn't eat it. I gave her 1 1/2 cc of red wine. This must have helped because she no longer smells sour today. She picked but didn't eat yogurt this morning but she did drink. I massaged the crop again,it decreased in size, but I can feel seeds there.

    Her condition today is the tips of her comb are black. I can feel her breast bone. She very skinny. She is at the bottom of the pecking order. The others won't let her eat in the coup so when she comes out in the morning she continuously eats. My husbands theory is she eats so much, she bloats herself.

    I'm at a loss where to go from here. It's been 24 hours since she ate. Should I give her egg yoke to try or is it to soon. She is still by her self. She's a golden Comet. with so many different threads I'm confused. I don't know what stage she is at. She is walking ok & can hop up on her little roast.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010
  2. countrygirl57

    countrygirl57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    update---I didn't hear from anyone, I am on completely different time zone than most folks, so I went ahead and cooked an egg. I gave her the yoke crumbled & she gobbled it right up. So I thought while the going is good, I'll try a very small piece of bread soaked in oo. She eat that as well.
    I took her outside twice today, in my arms, & massaged her crop. I'm hoping she is on the mend. I'll know tomorrow morning. It's 9:10P.M. here now.saturday night
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2010
  3. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2010
    Good luck... keep us updated. Hope she recovers... if she is like my golden comets she is likely very vocal. [​IMG]
  4. dgeter

    dgeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    My Coop
    That poor baby [​IMG] I hope she recovers!
  5. countrygirl57

    countrygirl57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Today's sunday, poor penny is no better. The sour smell returned today. She still has seeds in her crop. I massaged it 3-4 times. She spit up only once today. After that she managed to eat an egg yoke. She has been drinking a lot. I saw only 1 poop, it was normal.

    Tomorrow will be 3 days, & I'm getting really worried. She was shaking so much tonight I had to put her in side my coat. I have a heat lamp over her tonight.

    Have I waited long enough, should I do the surgery. She refused yogurt, I'll try again in the morning. She really gets upset when her buddies are let out in the morning. I did give her 1 1/2cc red wine again tonight. She also refused apple sauce.

    She isn't so lively today & she looks sleepy. When I take her up she snuggles & goes to sleep. I felt like keeping her in my arms all night. This is all so very upsetting.

    Please give me advice, if you can. Thanks
  6. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    Try feeding her some yogurt from a syringe, yogurt is always good for chickens.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I've never done that surgery and would hate to do that to a chicken, but if you keep feeling the seeds in there, you may have to. (Doing it wouldn't bother me, just putting the chicken through it.) As long as you can get something in her, maybe the seeds will eventually break down. I'd give her some time with her friends if I could -- if she doesn't get pecked too badly. Maybe some supervised time outdoors, not necessarily with the others.

    If she gets through this I'd sure provide two feeders and waterers, if you don't already, so she can eat when the others are eating.
  8. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    Some folks here say a little apple cider vinegar in their water can help 'prevent' crop problems. I'd just keep doing what your doing, give her stuff that's soft and easy to digest, maybe a little electrolyte and poly vi sol (without the iron) baby vitamin drops and keep us posted. Is her crop empty in the morning at all? Don't let her eat the grasses and things.
  9. Raven81

    Raven81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2010
    Te Anau NZ
    maybe try some fine sand to try break down what is in her crop? i dont know but that is what id try
  10. countrygirl57

    countrygirl57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Hubby is on the way to the corner to get acv. I'm don't have access to baby vit or elecl. Her crop hasn't been empty for days & her head appears a little dark today.
    Hubby let her out, by mistake this morning. I have got to try & find her now. Thanks all:) will update further. I don't mind doing the surgery, but like you I can't imagine how much it will hurt, poor penny.

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