sour crop, help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jessybaby023, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. jessybaby023

    jessybaby023 New Egg

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    so i have a 9 month old black australorp. she is currently showing signs of a sour crop. ive done research to diagnose her but im no vet and this is my first flock of hens. i cried like a baby this morning when i noticed my hen "Nugget" (i kno our nephew named him, if was formerly peanut cuz she was the smallest out if the bunch) was very lethargic and actually regurgitated when she jumped down from the coop. i know this is normal if you put pressure on the crop after they drank but its usually clear. this is not clear and smells awful. finding that its potentially an impacted and sour crop im a standstill as to what to do. Some sites say don't feed or give water, others encourage more water and feed with assistance in clearing the crop daily until the crop is clear.

    What i have done so far. Took her inside, bathed her, given her acv water and small portions of moistened food. i emptied her crop once, it was a lot of pretty stinky cloudy water. massaged her crop. held her in my lap to warm up with blanket, given her 1 1/2ml of olive oil and made a solution to.kill the fungus and fed her 2ml of that. baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, water and lemon juice. Im concerned im doing too much or not doing something right... im researching online because i cant find a vet who will treat her in our area either so id love some input!
     
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    oh i forgot to add. she has a sore that was scabbing up as well. i am assuming her crop is impacted and due to the impacted crop she's now sour. i just want to get her better. its our nephews favorite bird.
     
  3. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.

    I've read you can tube her Monistat to treat the yeast infection, so do a little Googling on that and see if that's a route you want to go.

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  4. CuzChickens

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    Hi there, and welcome to Backyard chickens. I am sorry to hear about Nugget! Here is something I posted in another thread:
    Sour crop is a potentially fatal condition that occurs when a hen's crop does not fully empty and a bacterial yeast infection results. The following can cause sour crop; inadequate access to grit; consuming long, fibrous grass, weeds and other plant fibers; excessive amounts of bread or pasta; eating wood chips, sand, string or twine; moldy feed.

    Sour crop is identified by a squishy, soft, engorged crop, sour breath and possibly some liquid coming out of the hens's mouth. To treat sour crop, massage the crop in the direction of the head to try to induce vomiting and feed the hen yogurt, olive or vegetable oil and water with apple cider vinegar in it along with additional grit to aid in digesting the mass. Withhold all other solid foods and continue to massage the crop gently several times a day until the condition improves.
     
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    jessybaby023 New Egg

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    thanks for your replies! unfortunately we lost our nugget the following day.. i am saddened but realized she was indefinitely suffering. she is now at peace. we have another hen, pinky. who just developed the balloon. we vomited her this afternoon, and gave her some oil. hoping we can get whatever tonoass and save her b4 it gets like our other one.What causes blockage? we had hay which i since removed knowing the girls were eating it. otherwise i haven't let them free range in a few weeks to eliminate their chances of eating something foreign. I am stumped. My area doesn't offer services on hens which makes things more challenging. boo. fingers crossed we caught it in time!
     
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    I just realized the response above listed the causes. my apologies for overlooking that.
     
  8. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay, string, long pieces of grass... Anything like that can cause bloackages. Since chickens can't "bite" a piece off, it's all or nothing when it goes down.

    Sour crop (yeast) can result from impacted crop (blockage) when the bacteria gets out of control.

    I mentioned before: I've read positive results from people who tubed their chickens Monistat from Walgreens for yeast infections. It killed the bacteria and prevented an infection from starting up.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/630307/sour-crop-cured-with-monistat

    It's worth a try if you feel it might help!

    I am very sorry for your loss. I'm sure Nugget will be missed!

    MrsB
     

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