- Dec 29, 2016
My hen Alice hasn't eaten for a few days now and has been acting lethargic, but is still drinking plenty thankfully. I checked her crop this morning, and it wasn't bursting full of water but it hadn't emptied. The symptoms all seemed to point towards early stage sour crop for me, something I've experienced with my hens before. My vet prescribed some Nystatin (actually in the form of dog ear drops, Canaural) which I gave to her this evening, but I just don't have high hopes that it will do much for her. When massaging her crop I think I could hear a little gas bubble in a certain place, but I am wondering whether this could be canker rather than sour crop. I've not had experience with canker before and I'm wondering how I can tell the difference. I've read about discolouration inside the beak but I can't see such a thing. I'm also wondering whether I should try a molasses flush with her, something I've never done before but there seem to be success stories with it here. I'd appreciate anyone's insight.