Sour crop or egg bound?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by smileeyrylee, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. smileeyrylee

    smileeyrylee Hatching

    Nov 17, 2019
    One of my barred rock hens is sick. Yesterday I noticed she wasn’t acting normal. She was holding her head down and just standing in one spot. Not really moving. She wouldn’t eat, but she was drinking. She did poop, but it was almost all white and more on the runny side. Also was walking around like a penguin. Did some research and figured she was probably egg bound. Gave her some electrolytes and put her in some warm water for 15-20 minutes. Kept her in a separate area with some electrolytes and food. I had left for a little bit and came back home and let her out and she started eating and jumped up on some stuff trying to roost so I took her back out to the coop and she jumped up and roosted with the others. I was cleaning my coop yesterday so I didn’t know if it wasn’t because the nesting boxes weren’t there, but I had other hens come into the coop squaking because they wanted to lay. She pooped again while roosting last night. This morning she acted a little better, but still not herself. Then I thought maybe she has sour crop because she doesn’t feel good and she was pooping. She was outside and then brownish liquid just came up and that’s why I thought it was something else. Rubbed her crop and held her upside down and stinky liquid came up. She acts better today, but still sluggish. She had a bit more of appetite today. Any suggestions or does anyone know what it could be? Could it be both? I’ve had chickens for years and never had either issue.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. It sounds like she might have a reproductive problem that has lead to crop problems, due to the pressure inside her abdomen. It does sound like a sour crop infection. Salpingitis is when large masses of egg material build up inside the oviduct and it can cause them to walk upright. Of course, this is only a guess. Most times we don’t know exactly what was going on until we do a necropsy and open them up after death. I have never had a hen survive sour crop that had a reproductive disorder. Usually mine have eventually starved or died from egg yolk peritonitis. You might see a vet who could empty the crop without causing her to choke, and who could treat her. Most of us do not have vets who treat or who would be affordable. I would not give her any whole grains right now, and feed only mushy foods such as egg, buttermilk, yogurt and chicken feed mash. Here are some articles about crop treatments that you might try:

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