rooster with possible impacted/sour crop. help.

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  1. brittfish

    brittfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We noticed our 6 month old rooster acting more lethargic than hens and not eating as much. I'm sad to say it was going on for a bit before we realized it was a problem. These are our first chickens and we thought the rooster was just normally behaving differently. Well we noticed green diarrhea and upon further inspection noticed he feels pretty skinny. When I did some researching I realized I was giving them way too much cracked corn and we think that'd all he's really been eating so poor nutrition. Well we stopped the corn but now for the 4th day in a row he has a small (slightly smaller than golfball) bunch of something hard/gritty in his crop. We tried making him regurgitate the other day and mostly corn and the water came out so we think it's corn in his crop. His poop is still watery but is getting more consistency to it and he is acting better (we have also been tube feeding him with albon and formula with pedialyte to help perk him up) but that darn bunch is still there. We have been massaging it and it doesn't seem to bother him after he drinks some water it feels like one of those rubber stress balls so not hard and not huge. We were hopeful last night that his crop was full of food and felt like the other chickens tgat it would feel better this morning but it doesn't. I'm going to keep him inside today (I live in Massachusetts where it is currently a high of 10 degrees so it's probably best he stays in anyways where he's skinny) with only water and plan to make him vomit this afternoon and then feed formula for a day then feed food made into a mash. He is such a sweet beautiful rooster and we feel so bad it's probably our fault he is like this.. any input would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    If a vet is possible, I would take him in, since he could require crop surgery. The longer an impaction of the crop is there, the more likely he could develop sour crop which is hard to treat, and can kill. Was he eating whole corn or cracked corn? Did he have grit available? Water is the best treatment for flushing out the crop. I haven't treated crop problems, but the links I have read about it which are good are here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/858803/impacted-crop-surgery-with-video
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/digestive-problems/index.aspx
    http://birdhealth.com.au/flockbirds/poultry/diseases/crop_gizzard.html
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues.html
     
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  3. brittfish

    brittfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vet is probably not an option at this point. We have a local farm vet but he doesn't do much with chickens. I am not sure but I think vetting chickens is a new idea. We have tried making him vomit but he doesn't get any of the hard stuff out. It is cracked corn and have a dirt run but we didn't think that the ground is frozen so they probably aren't getting much. We have grit available now. Hope it's not too little too late.:( it is frustrating. .. Poor guy. He's such a good roo!
     
  4. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First get him hydrated before any food. The pedilyte is a great idea. My hen took about 3-5 days to get her crop to clear. I tube fed her too and massaged. How much are you tubing per session?? I started at 30mL, then as her crop cleared if would give her more. I was getting desperate with her so I added olive oil mixed into her water and just massaged her crop.
     
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  6. brittfish

    brittfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is reassuring. He was out with others yesterday so he ate food. We didn't give him much last night but we had been doing 70 ml baby bird formula mixed with pedialyte. It's so cold out we will just keep him in and keep tubing with formula for next couple days. He has food and cracked corn in his poop not much but it is looking somewhat better. He is really good about it. Don't think he is thrilled to be indoors but have to do what's best for him. The ladies love him we won't be giving up on him. Think it will keep going through? Sure hope so. Neither his breath nor the stuff that came up in his vomit smell bad so I think that's a good sign.
     
  7. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes bring him inside and keep him warm.....super important. I wouldn't feed the baby bird food at all until he is unblocked. Continue with the water, super super important. I think I was tubing 30mL every 4 hours to get that blockage to clear. If you just keep tubing him and pumping fluids hopefully it will pass.

    It wounds like you knew what caused the blockage. With mine I still had no idea. But just FYI normally an impacted crop is secondary to something else. For example, I believe my hen had some trip of e.coli infection. I gave her baytril and then she started perking up within 2 days of her first dose. I knew she had an infection because her poop was still a dark green color after a couple days of tubing her. So I got her crop to clear, her poop was still green after I started adding baby bird food to her diet, so she had an infection. If your roosters poop isn't looking normal he could have an infection.
     
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    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your rooster doing??
     
  10. brittfish

    brittfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He seems to be doing better we are hopeful. Have only been giving him fluids and this evening he was very spunky and although he's getting sick of the tube feeding he's a super good boy and is passing solids in his poop and the best part although I don't want to get over excited but his crop was really soft with much less grit in it. Keeping our fingers crossed. His ladies miss him out there. Thank you for asking and your input you made me feel a lot better.
     

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