Sour Crop - need advise on how to empty crop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pampered Hen, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that is suffering from sour crop. As far as I understand, empying the crop is vital in starting the healing process. However, I don't seem to be able to get the hen to regurtitage the entire crop content and I'm looking for advise on how to savely accomplish that.
    What I have done so far: with the hen on my lap I held her head down with one hand while massaging her crop. This process caused her to vomint a number of times, but not enough to get everything out. From what I can tell, there are no solids in her crop.
    Any advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
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    There is a risk of aspiration whenever you do it, from what I understand. When I made my hen regurgitate I held her upside down and rubbed the contents of her crop towards her mouth with firm, slow strokes (but not rough and not a lot of pressure). Once she reguritated a little I turned her upright and let her recover and breathe before doing more.

    I hope someone with more experience is able to provide more precise instructions, but this worked for me. I did it piecemeal in order to limit chances of aspiration.
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    If her crop is not moving, she's probably suffering from CROP STASIS (failure of the crop musculature to move the feed through)

    Crop Stasis is secondary to something else usually; often mycotoxin (even low level mycotoxin can cause havoc and a lowered immune system).

    Turning the bird upside down to get the crop contents out is an old-timer’s remedy; I do not advise it because more often than not, they die from asphyxiation or their airways become infected from the bacteria.

    Nystatin is the best to use to remedy crop statis. BEST of luck!
     
  4. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ultasol, thanks for your response. How exactly did you hold her upside down?
     

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