I took one of my 2 month old silkies to the vet for an impacted crop. I watched youtube videos on it and wanted to try it myself but was unsure and didn't want to experiment on a live bird. The vet wouldn't let me watch the procedure so the point of the visit was not met for my purposes. He used anastesia gas (sp?) which I thought was not a good idea on chicks. I did inquire but was reassured that it was safe. I was told they would keep him 3 days. The next morning I dredged the coop to make sure there was no foreign matter and sifted the sand. Nothing found except a large piece of hard plastic that no one could have tried to swallow. I also found a gap where the baby could get out and since I had found him twice out of the cage I was wondering if he had been letting himself out at will. I had just finished the baby's coop so they were moved into it this weekend with no more escape possibilities. Called the vet to check and they said to come get him (the morning after surgery) but he wasn't eating yet. My birds eat organic and he wouldn't touch their regular feed. I received a bill for $150 and an excessively long lecture ignoring everything I was saying. It seemed as if they were not going to let me go until I relented and confessed that I am the meanest worst person ever to animals and I will obey Purina for the rest of my life. I thought a lot about what to feed and made a well informed decision based on two very well respected breeders and two books. They kept telling me that it was my fault he was impacted because of what I fed. None of the others have this issue. Clearly I care because I have now spent 250 times the value on this one bird. I could have ate roaster chicken all year on what this bird has cost. I didn't purposely feed what had blocked him. He got into possibly the adult food, compost, dog food, and scrap heap. I don't know because I couldn't watch the procedure and they threw out the remains before I could see what was in the chick. This little guy has been my one wood chip eater and I had begun the transition for everyone to sand prior to this because of it. The instructions were to take him home and put him right back out in the coop with the others only allowing powdered food and water. I did as told at first until my husband insisted I bring him inside. The logic was that we wouldn't go have butt surgery and come home and sit in the dirt. I also had explained to the vet that it would be near impossible to monitor what he ate and if he was going potty if I had him with the others. I have mixed feelings on this experience. I will not be spending the money again for crop impaction most definitely. They are the only office to see poultry for 100 miles so it is not as if there are options. This morning his crop is still 50% full from what he ate yesterday and there is basically no poo in the box from overnight.