1. Diane Parrish

    Diane Parrish Hatching

    Nov 20, 2015
    Imlay City, MI.
    I took my hen to the vet on Monday for an enlarge crop, he drained it and gave us medication for it. She will not take the medication and she keeps draining through her mouth. Has anyone experienced this before and what did you do. She is 3 1/2 yrs old and hasn't laid an egg since April, she is a Black Sex Link and is very lovable, I have 2 others that I bought in May as babies and they are of the same breed. I am wondering if anyone else has had problems with this breed? I also had another then of the same age that just passed away because she was egg bound. I tried apple sauce baby food, yogurt, dried meal worms, oatmeal, hard boiled egg, she doesn't seem to be interested in any of these or her food, she does graze a bit and I have her sleeping in the house to stay warm at night. Any suggestions are helpful.
    Thanks, Diane

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC!!

    I am sorry you are having trouble with your bird. Read this article I wrote on Crops and the issues birds can have with them. It may help you to understand how crops become slow, sour or impacted. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments

    As for giving her medication, did the vet give you Nystatin? This medication is not all that useful on a crop with any food in it. The meds need direct contact with the yeast infection unfortunately. So make sure to give this to her first thing in the morning if her crop is empty or after she is vomited. (I have given instructions on how to vomit the bird without aspirating them. Follow them very closely) Then don't let her eat for an hour or so until the meds soak through the yeast infection.

    If you are syringing liquid down the beak, only use a 1/4 or 1/2 ml at a time and syringe, without the needle, on the lower mandible, (beak), in front under the tongue. This is a very small amount and will not aspirate them. As soon as you slowly squeeze the liquid in, close the beak and rub under the chin. She will swallow.

    You can also put liquid meds in baby food. Baby food is thick and you can put in 1/2 to 1 ml at a time under or on the tongue.

    Pill like meds can be broken up and put in raisins.

    Do not let her free range until this is cleared up. No hard grains or seeds. Dampen her layer feed. Chickens love damp food and she will eat more readily. If she is not eating much, feed her what ever she will eat, as long as it is water soluble. You want to keep the crop moving as fast as possible.

    Keep us posted and I hope she makes a full recovery! :)

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