Recurring crop problems

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Melissa Sakata, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Melissa Sakata

    Melissa Sakata Out Of The Brooder

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    HELP!

    My 12 week old Ameraucana continues to have crop issues. He had impacted, then sour crop a couple weeks ago. After he got better, we decided he could go back on the dirt in his chunnel.

    He ate a lot of dirt and got impacted crop AGAIN. He has access to fresh crumbles, water and I even provide fresh shredded/chopped greens.

    I have moved his chunnel back on concrete AGAIN, so he has no access to dirt or grass.

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    It is the blue one that is sick.

    Will my chicken continue to have crop issues throughout his/her life? Will I have to keep my chickie out of dirt forever? I have 2. One is flourishing, the other one is not.

    I have a small coop with 6 young pullets not laying yet, and therefore these 2 are not ready to join the flock due to size.

    I am VERY frustrated and do not know what to do. Any comments or suggestions would be sooooo helpful. I just started keeping chickens in late June and I need a solution.
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mow your grass?
     
  3. Melissa Sakata

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    Yes, and I rake it to put in a mulch bin. I even grow a 5 - 17x17 foraging flats for my chickens, that the older ones keep very short.
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is grit available at all times
     
  5. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also what feed do you use they will eat dirt grass ect if they are not getting enough protein
     
  6. Melissa Sakata

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    It has been provided since the first crop impaction.

    My friend who breeds them, keeps hers on dirt and she does not provide any, and said I didn't need to because they would be able to forage for it. I have provided grit to the older flock since day 1, and now I wish I would have done the same for these little ones.[​IMG]

    To be fair, it got the impaction from eating its bedding (shavings). They now have puppy liners as their bedding. Maybe if it had grit it might not have gotten so bad.
     
  7. MasterOfClucker

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    What feed do you use
     
  8. Melissa Sakata

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    They are provided Dumor grower/finisher feed all their waking hours.
     
  9. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally i would try to pick up a vitamin supplement like Sav-a-Chick just stuff for chickens that has vitamins i think they might be eating the dirt because there not getting enough nutrition
     
  10. Melissa Sakata

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    I give them Rooster Booster (Vitamins & Electrolytes w Lacto Bacillus and a drop or 2 of Nutri-dench in their water, fresh Daily.
     

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