One of my chickens developed sour crop, she's puffed up and lethargic, not eating. When I picked her up this morning, some really foul smelling liquid squirted out of her mouth, so I was pretty sure about sour crop. I held her at an angle to drain it out, then I did it again an hour or so later. I read everything I could on sour crop and was overwhelmed with treatment options: drain the liquid out (or not), treat with monistat, cut the crop open and superglue it back together, etc. So I took my chicken to the vet, which is a first for me. I was surprised that my regular vet wouldn't treat a chicken, as I live in a pretty rural area, but he recommended a few other vets. I had to call around quite a bit to find an avian vet who would see us. I had a pretty bad experience at the vet's office - which isn't really relevant, but in the over an hour I was there, the vet spent maybe 30 seconds talking to me and I didn't get any answers to my questions. My chicken is in rough shape and I'll be surprised if she's alive in the morning. Now I'm wondering if I should have tried treating my hen with Monistat at home. Anyway, what the vet did was drain out the liquid in my hen's crop with a tube. He said there was also food in the crop, but he couldn't get that out. I asked if the crop could be impacted, if the hen had eaten straw or something, and the vet said "probably not". I asked how he could tell for sure and he said that he doesn't normally see impacted crops. He gave my chicken something that's supposed to increase mobility in the GI tract, as well as an antibiotic and antifungal. What he wanted to do was hospitalize my hen and treat her overnight, which I thought was absurd, so I brought her home. The vet disappeared and when I asked the vet tech my questions, she had no idea how to answer me. So maybe someone here can help. Is there any way to know if a chicken has an impacted crop other than to cut open the crop? And if my hen improves, should I feed her anything special or just her regular feed? I tried scrambled eggs today but she's not interested in any food at all. And how long do people wait before they eat eggs from a chicken fed antibiotics and anti-fungal medications? The vet instructions are to not eat meat or eggs from this chicken ever again. My chicken is very thin, the vet said the sour crop has been going on for a while now. What he wanted to do was tube feed my chicken. I didn't get the chance to talk to him about me tube feeding at home, but I guess I'll research that on BYC. I did manage to ask the vet if I should massage the crop and try to loosen things up and he said not to bother. If my hen actually recovers I may feel differently, but I think my trip to the vet may have been a complete waste of time.