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Flump74

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Ceredigion
Sour crop
« on: June 18, 2022, 08:46:43 pm »
Good evening everyone.

Can anyone offer some advice regarding a chicken that I believe to have Sour crop?

3 weeks ago we noticed she was not quite herself and had not laid an egg the previous day. This is most unusual as they are all laying regularly.

I brought her inside and felt her crop which felt like a squishy water balloon. It made little gurgling noises as I felt it. Her breath smelt awful too. I googled it and followed, hopefully not wrongly, some advice regarding emptying her crop and dosing her with apple cider vinegar.
The contents of her crop was absolutely revolting  and actually made me gag! I generally have a strong stomach. When I felt it was as empty as I could get it. I gave her a little apple cider vinegar using a syringe.
I kept her indoors for a day or so and she seemed to be picking up as she started to eat and make chickeny noises. So I put her back outside with the others as I didnít want to keep her separated too long.
She has been ok. Iíve seen her eat and there are times when she has been pecking around quite happily. The last few days she has got quieter again. Spending much more time sitting hunched up than she was., so this evening I have brought her back in. Crop was quite soft and squishy feeling and when I emptied it, the contents was a little food and some bubbly liquid that didnít smell particularly nice but not evil.
Sheís had a little more cider vinegar and now resting quietly.

SoÖ..I know there can be an underlying cause that even if she recovers from the sour crop it can come back, but Iím in two minds as to whether to speak to the vet and see what they have to offer or whether to call it a day now.
Sheís about 2 years old and is one of three chickens. Iím hoping that we can help her because we wonít be able to introduce another hen. They are fantastic layers. Speckledy hybrids.



Any thoughts or advice appreciated. Thank you.

Perris

  • Joined Mar 2017
  • Gower

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Sour crop
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2022, 07:21:53 am »
I had a pullet with the worst sour crop Iíve seen, she did come right in the end, but had to take her off food for a good few days, and just give cider vinegar to sort the imbalance in her crop out. After a few days of cider vinegar, started on natural yoghurt and then reintroduced very small amounts of food.

Flump74

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Ceredigion
Re: Sour crop
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2022, 09:04:23 am »
Thank you for your responses 😊

Iíve bought some Canesten (could not believe the price of it!!) and hope that will get rid of the nasties.

I couldnít quite bring myself to do it beforeÖ.seems strangely idd to give something internally to a hen that a human would yes externally!!
Thatís me anthropomorphising as usual!! I donít expect they really have taste buds as such? Anyway she seems less phased by the Canesten than the Cider Vinegar!!

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Flump74

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Ceredigion
Re: Sour crop
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2022, 10:52:35 am »
I had a pullet with the worst sour crop Iíve seen, she did come right in the end, but had to take her off food for a good few days, and just give cider vinegar to sort the imbalance in her crop out. After a few days of cider vinegar, started on natural yoghurt and then reintroduced very small amounts of food.

Can I ask how much cider vinegar you were giving and how often?

Not sure Iím having much joy with the Canesten 🥲

Thank you x

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Sour crop
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2022, 11:26:16 am »
Just a couple of times a day I think, and I put it in her water.

Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Sour crop
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2022, 12:02:14 pm »
Dosage is 10ml per litre of water.

 

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