Sour crop

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Sour crop

Post by Blizblaz » Tue May 19, 2020 9:49 am

I have a chicken with sour crop. I’ve massaged her a few times, but only had some green liquid come out. Am I supposed to be able to get food bits out? I have her in a crate with just water, but she’s desperate to get out and eat. She doesn’t seem to be pooping, but she’s still feisty, and her comb is still a healthy colour.
I gave her some scrambled eggs with some yeast medication. I don’t know if it will make it into her system if her crop isn’t emptying...I think it feels a little smaller.
I’m wondering if it’s beca of a pendulous crop or something, since she’s kind of a hard luck chicken, and has a bit of a twist or something strange about her. But she has a very healthy appetite, and I don’t know what else I should try.
I did try to syringe some Epsom salts in her, but I apparently am really terrible at getting any in when she struggles, and mostly just squirted it all over her face.
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Re: Sour crop

Post by Jaye » Tue May 19, 2020 9:58 am

About the only thing I can suggest is to keep trying to get some Epsom salts solution into her, even if it's only a little, and massaging her crop several times a day. Good luck!
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Re: Sour crop

Post by ross » Tue May 19, 2020 11:45 am

I use baking sofa in water & 20cc syringe with 6” pc of aquarium air hose on it . Lift hen head/neck up in air straight beak up & put tube down into crop not lungs you can feel it go in there . Don’t put in lungs you will drown her .
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Re: Sour crop

Post by Blizblaz » Tue May 19, 2020 1:32 pm

You put it right in there, eh? I’ll have to see if I’m brave enough for that...what’s supposed to happen after? Is it just supposed to help break it up to go down? Or help it come back out?
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Re: Sour crop

Post by ross » Tue May 19, 2020 3:40 pm

You say break up is this a hard lump ? Same as if you have a belly ache . I also check crop with hand to see if grass or just liguid . If wooshy I hold bird upside down then squeeze sour liguid like milking a cow out thru nose & throat & wipe off. May have to do a couple of times per day if fills up again
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Re: Sour crop

Post by Blizblaz » Tue May 19, 2020 5:57 pm

It’s a lump, but not super hard. Feels maybe like it could be grass. The liquid I got out of her was green, so I imagine there’s a lot of grass in there. It seemed less full this morning. I tried to give her yogurt, but she didn’t seem to like it. But not cause she wasn’t hungry, that’s for sure!
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Re: Sour crop

Post by ross » Tue May 19, 2020 6:07 pm

You’ve got to get the lump out of there . Massage & see if can move pcs to the mouth & out . I’ve used looong nose pliers to pic pcs out . Surgery to get out is last resort. A little liquid helps . Luck
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Re: Sour crop

Post by Happy » Wed May 20, 2020 7:47 am

Is she pooping anything out? Does the crop feel doughy like play-doh?
You've got to get a lot of liquid into her. I use epsom salts dissolved in water and syringed onto her beak. If you put several drops on her beak she will draw it in and swallow. Lots of water and LOTS of massaging the crop to mix that water up with the contents. Ross's suggestions are bang on but I'm a "chicken" and have never had to go that far.
Then provide her with water only. If she is pooping but just not completely emptying crop I do provide mush (moistened chicken food) in a runny oatmeal consistency. But not free feeding-just a bit at a time. I have found it helps move things through. If she's not pooping you can't give her more food as her crop will sour quickly.
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