posted on Oct, 12 2014 @ 09:35 PM
a reply to: enament
Hi enament, I have 4 chickens so not as advanced as you in chicken raising. However, I have been through almost everything with my girls, seriously.
It sounds to me like your girl has sour crop and I do have experience with this. I quarantined my girl for 24 hrs (some people recommend longer) and
for the first 12 hours I only allowed her to have plain water. The next 12 hours I gave her ACV with the "mother" in her water and plain yogurt. The
ACV was to kill off the nasty bacteria building up in her crop and the yogurt was to replace it with good bacteria. Make sure she is kept warm, their
systems use the body heat as energy to heal themselves and so they get very cold. After giving her 24 hours to digest what she could and naturally aid
in the digestion with the ACV and yogurt (brace yourself) I vomited her. This is a delicate process and care must be taken so that she doesn't
asphyxiate on the bile. Hold her against your chest firmly, but not tightly, tilt her sideways and face down. While she is facing down, massage her
stomach so that the contents are guided up towards her throat, she will vomit from there. ONLY do this for about 15 to 20 seconds at a time and don't
breath in because it's going to smell horrible. Take a 1 to 2 minute break in between attempts and only do it 3 times so you don't exhaust her. If you
haven't gotten all the contents out, try again in about an hour.
You'll know you've been successful when the crop isn't bulging any more, but is droopy. It may take more than the 24 hours and in that case, only
vomit her a few times over the next few days and keep her on a liquid-ish diet. No crumble or pellets for sure! Only feed about 1/2 cup of yogurt once
per day, too much and there will be a mess you won't want to clean up. I would also suggest canned tuna for protein because it is so soft and she'll
need the protein to keep her egg cycle relatively normal while she recovers. Sour crop is not nearly as serious as some make it out to be, my girl
still gets this from time to time, but I just repeat the process as needed.
One final piece of advice, if you don't already, include grit in your chickens diet. I had to learn the hard way after letting my girls free range and
giving them yummy weeds from my garden, that they need something in their stomach to help break down the fibrous foods they eat. It's like having
teeth in their stomach instead of teeth in their mouth LOL.
Good luck and let me/us know how it turns out!
edit on 12-10-2014 by IrishCream because: (no reason given)