(repost) please answer! sick chicken! mushy crop I think

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LoveNewChicks, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. LoveNewChicks

    LoveNewChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am at my friends house, and we went to feed her chickens, one of them was laying on her back near the door. I think she has mushy crop, if she has it how do you prevent it ?
    these are her symptoms:
    laying down
    only opening eyes for a few seconds
    stuff coming out of beak/mouth
    only moves if picked up

    I will update it as often as i can,
    please help!
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  2. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    OK.. just saw this posted to another person having similar issues:



    Is more hard or like a water balloon? Sour crop will be like a water balloon; whereas, an impacted crop is hard. "Doughy" kinda sounds normal, but that is a vague enough term that it can encompass the whole range of possible problems. Is her crop still full in the morning when she awakes?

    If sour crop:
    Massaging the crop in a downward motion. Hold all food from her and give her water with some apple cider vinegar (ACV) added to it (preferably ACV with mother, but regular will do). Make sure it is in plastic or glass as ACV corrodes metal and this can be toxic. A few times a day (as available anyway), give her an irrigation syringe full of 1/2 ACV - 1/2 water. This will take some patience as you can only give a little bit at a time to ensure she doesn't choke on it. I had a hen with sour crop that I would massage her crop while giving her the syringe. It would gurgle something nasty and she would have gnarly burps, but she started pushing up against my hand to keep massaging her crop and would open her beak for more of the ACV mixture, so it must've felt better. Sour crop is a yeast infection in the crop (hence hold food so it doesn't ferment more in there). The ACV kills the yeast. After a couple days you should see a difference and after 4 or so days, she should be near normal. Sour crop kills, so act quickly.

    If an impacted crop:
    Hold food. Give olive oil soaked bread (the bread is just to get the olive oil into the bird). Oil seems to be the best remedy as it slicks up the passage way to allow for food to pass through. It gets tougher it is long grass/hay stuck.
     
  3. LoveNewChicks

    LoveNewChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how do I know if the crop is full?
     
  4. LoveNewChicks

    LoveNewChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE:
    she stood up for 3 hours without laying down, sleeping
    drank 2 sips of water ( with help )
    and I think thats all
     
  5. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Her crop is on the right side of her chest. If it's full, she will look a bit lopsided.
     
  6. LoveNewChicks

    LoveNewChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she died
     
  7. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Sorry to hear that. These things happen.
     

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