Sour crop or impacted crop?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by willowcol, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    I have a 2 1/2 week old chick who isn't growng like the others. It also has a large crop and when you kinda squeeze it it smells terrible and makes a bubbling sound. I have it in the house since I noticed yesterday it was sluggish and 1/2 the size of the others. I just don't know if its sour crop or impacted crop. I used a dropper and got it to drink some water mixed with olive oil and vinegar. Any other suggestions.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    the only way you are going to get the cick better is to flush the crop
    (1 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 pt oi warm water
    use a child's ear syringe and fill with soda water
    now put syringe to back of throat of the chick

    (1-B so you are fillin the crop area and put this soda water in the crop
    now come up under the crop on front of chicken
    push softly the sour mess in the crop out the beak
    (1-C then flush it three times to get all the sour food out and what ever is blocking the chicks crop hole

    (2 DO NOT feed any thing more than milk-yogurt soaked slice of bread

    (3 I guess the mineral oil is okay
    BUT always put the eye dropper in the back of the chickens throat thus you do not choke the chicken

    (3-B also I would use 2 tsp of apple cider vineager in their gallon waterer
    this will help the gut
    hopefully you can get them to be okay

    (4 may I sugges that you go to a lumber yard and buy white play school sand for their bedding
    it is very nice and will not hurt them if they injest it
    then you can take a cat litter scoop and clean out sand with droppings in it

    (5 does your chickens have ample amounts of granite grit

    (6 do these chickens have access to grass?
    could be what is bound up in the birds crop

    they will need to not be fed the treats that may have pluged the crop hole

    if you have more questions email me PM and I will try and help
  3. 4hooves&featheredfriends

    4hooves&featheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    New Hampshire
    You might separate her so that you can follow her "movements." If it is impacted or sour, which it sounds like the latter - you do not want her to have access to feed. Provide her a bit of yogurt and water while she is swollen Use newspaper and not bedding. You can massage the crop and I actually tipped my bird upside down to have her purge/vomit. Gently.
  4. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Ok I did everything you said and am pleased to say that the crop is down now. I can still smell the nasty smell but hopefully that will go away soon to. Thanks for all the help!

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