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Impacted crop or canker??
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KatG    Posted 09-12-2004 at 13:39:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know what to do about an impacted crop in a chicken...don't think hers is impacted all the way...maybe a sour crop...someone said she might have a "canker sore" in the neck...of which she has the systoms..What can I do about this?? There is no chicken vet around here...Thanks..KatG


Joel    Posted 09-13-2004 at 09:45:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
The grit is in the gizzard, not the crop.

The crop needs to be emptied and you can try it manually or may have to go the surgical approach. The problem is that the muscles of the crop may be distended to the point that they no longer function. You may end up with a flaccid crop that just fills back up.


KellyGa    Posted 09-12-2004 at 13:46:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Crop Problems:
If a chicken's crop becomes hard and food does not digest, if may be because not enough grit was given or the chicken is otherwise sick. Impacted crops occur when food just rots there. Bad bacteria grow, the chicken stops eating, and often dies. If a chicken in not eating, feel the crop on the front chest. If it is full and hard instead of light, bouncy, and full of rocks, then put your fingers on both sides of the chicken's mouth to open it and add a few drops of flaxseed oil sold at health food stores. Then, gently massage the crop. Do this for a week or until things get better. Consult a vet if the chicken still is not doing well.


Got this useful info off a chicken site, hope it helps


Ron/PA    Posted 09-12-2004 at 13:44:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat, an impacted crop is different from a canker, impacted is really a stopped up drain, or a Packed tight crop. If you can feel it's crop and it feels real hard and packed, then it's probably an impacted crop.
The only thing I know to do, is to remove all food source, and only feed water.
Either way, it doesn't need feed. If it can eat, it's already got a crop full. If it's impacted, more food will only make it worse.
Good luck
Ron


KatG    Posted 09-12-2004 at 13:52:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Ron...this is the thrid Wyandotte I have had get this...Wonder if they are subject to getting this condition...She is a heavy breed so it is hard to tell without catching her ..LAcey is reall highstrung and don't like to be handled...but got to catch her and check...She acts like she is tired and sits around alot...and every so often she twists her head and neck around funny..She is still hold her tail feathers up and getting on the perch at night...The other 2 I lost to impacted crop swoll up in front real big...held their tail feathers down...and did not attempt to get on the roost..but their case may have been more advanced than LAceys..My other chickens which are R.I.R.'s and red sex-link mixed seem to have no trouble...rough and ready ...always eating and a crackling...If it is a canker what do I do about that??? Thanks..KAtG


KellyGa    Posted 09-12-2004 at 14:08:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is a link to Backyardchickens.com. This link will take you right to the impacted crop discussion


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