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Swollen crop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EquestrianEm, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. EquestrianEm

    EquestrianEm Out Of The Brooder

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    My 5 week old RIR chick has a swollen crop and is a little weak. Someone on here told me that she could have a bacterial infection. I'm going to go get her antibiotics at the feed store in the morning but I wanted to know if there is anything I can do to help her in the meantime? She is drinking a lot but is still not eating...should I try to offer her a scrambled egg? I'm not sure of what to do at this point. :( Please help!
     
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  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Sure, no harm in trying scrambled eggs. You may wish to very gently massage the crop, after giving water as it could be that it has insufficient grit to deal with the food. Massaging the crop could help begin to breakdown any impaction. This can work for adult birds, so as long as you do it super gently, it should be ok for a chick i would imagine, but this is guesswork, not based on knowledge or experience, so maybe better leave the massaging, pending expert advice.

    All the best
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  3. EquestrianEm

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    . Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it! Do you think I could also give her some bread soaked in olive oil to help with clearing her crop?
     
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    You are welcome, but as i say, I'm not even sure its the right advice. I think that lots of water is the only real answer, if the crop is indeed impacted. If you have a syringe to administer the water it would help.

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  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I am unsure how weak you chick is but be sure that it's crop is not full and that it is simply not hungry. The crop rests on the right hand side of a chickens' chest and can look very distended when crammed full with food.
     
  6. EquestrianEm

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    She seems to be doing a little better. I gave her some scrambled eggs with a little bit of olive oil and she ate a few pieces of it. She seems more active and is not haunched over like she used to be. I'm hoping that the oil helped! Should I still try and give her a antibiotic to be on the safe side?
     
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  7. CTKen

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    I would suggest not as it does not seem likely to be a bacterial issue. Vitamins supplements or electrolytes will certainly do no harm.

    Ct
     
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    Success!!!! Thank you SO much for all of the helpful information. My RIR pullet (City) is doing soooo much better now. She definitely did end up having the impacted crop. We gave her a scramble egg and put some olive oil in it ...after that... she was so much better and is now acting like her spunky self again. Once again, thank you! :)
     
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