SOUR CROP - HELP NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!!!

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One of my 18 week old pullets has a large crop that feels like a water balloon - very soft and squishy. I also saw her spitting up about 1 or 2 teaspoons of clear water/mucus. I’ve seen her spit up little droplets before, but didn’t think much of it.

Is this sour crop?

I’ve separated her for the night in my garage in a playpen so I can closely monitor her, and I’m going to get up early to check on her tomorrow morning.

If it IS sour crop, how should I treat her?
 
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If anybody has any idea, please help! I have absolutely no clue how to treat her. And it’s my favorite chicken too, so I’m desperate.
 

cherrynberry

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Well, you have done right by separating her. Then you just need to stop feeding her anything and add apple cider vinegar to her water. A little bit of garlic will help also. Watch this:





P.S. I think the apple cider vinegar also helps with mucus and mucus might mean it is a respiratory disease.
 
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Thanks so much!!! Also, I’ve just switched the girls to layer feed, and I’ve heard that can be another cause?
 

cherrynberry

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Also do not feed her any grass or starch, like bread. They cause sour crop. You can feed it to chickens on normal, but not to chicks with sour crop. Best wishes to you and your chicken!
 
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This morning, her crop was empty. I thought it should be full if it was sour crop? She’s extra cuddly too, I guess from being away from her sisters.
 
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She seems symptom free at this point. I snuck her back into the coop this morning before the sun came up. I’ll be monitoring her activity and behavior throughout the day. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them. Or if you think I should separate her longer, please tell me.
 
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I gave the whole flock garlic water, 1 clove per quart. Is that the right dosage? I’ve heard it’s good to give garlic treatment every once in a while, so I thought I’d just give it to everyone. No free ranging today, either, at least for the sour crop suspect, in order to prevent her from eating grass.
 

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